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Disaster readiness of the country above average, say Palace official

Posted On 2014 Jul 02
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Bartolome Bautista, deputy director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), points to the epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake which hit central Philippines on Monday Feb. 6, 2012 during a news conference at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Officials said the quake in central Philippines killed at least five people as it destroyed buildings, triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses, trapping residents and listed 29 more as missing. (MNS photo)

Bartolome Bautista, deputy director of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), points to the epicenter of the magnitude 6.8 earthquake which hit central Philippines on Monday Feb. 6, 2012 during a news conference at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Officials said the quake in central Philippines killed at least five people as it destroyed buildings, triggered landslides that buried dozens of houses, trapping residents and listed 29 more as missing. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The Philippines’ disaster readiness is above average, a Palace official said on Sunday.

Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., is reacting to a report from the United Nation (UN) rating the Philippines disaster preparedness between 6 and 7, where 10 is the highest.

Siguro naman maituturing na rin na above average kahit na sabihing sixth or seventh. Ibig sabihin, hindi naman po tayo naging malamya sa ating pagtugon sa mga hamon na ‘yan,” said Coloma in a press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Margareta Wahlstom, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s special representative for disaster risk reduction made the assessment of the Philippines’ capability.

The Philippines is located in the Pacific ring of fire, where most volcanoes are active; it is also in the Typhoon belt where an average of 20 typhoons pass through each year; and it has fault lines that generate earthquakes.

Coloma said the government is continuously making preparations and educating the public on how to prepare themselves in times of disaster.

Matibay po ang paninindigan ng ating Pangulo na ang kinakailangan nating itatag ay ‘yung mga disaster resilient communities. Hindi na dapat maulit ‘yung itinuturing niyang vicious cycle of destruction and reconstruction. Dapat ay matigil na ang aspeto ng destruction sa pamamagitan ng pagtatag ng mga mas matibay na komunidad,” he added.

Here in the capital the Metro Manila Development Authority is constantly conducting earthquake drills.

Iba na po kasi ang maging handa para kapag dumating ang panahon – huwag naman sanang pahintulutan ng Poong Maykapal – ay mas mataas na po ang antas ng kahandaan ng mga mamamayan,” Coloma said. (MNS)

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