AT least 12 barangay (villages) in Taguig City (Metro Manila) that straddle the West Valley Fault were marked on Friday in a bid to increase awareness among residents on how to survive a major earthquake in case it hits the country’s premier region.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and Metro Manila local government units started paint-marking dwellings, schools, buildings and other structures in the 12 villages.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the activity, dubbed as “Walk the Fault,” covers the 84 barangay that are directly in the West Valley Fault line’s path.
The “Walk the Fault” activity started in Barangay Pinagsama in Taguig City.
Also covered by the activity were barangay Bagumbayan, Bagong Tanyag, Upper Bicutan, Central Bicutan, Lower Bicutan, Maharlika Village, Ususan, South Daang Hari, and North, Central and South Signal Villages.
“This activity is not intended to cause unnecessary alarm, but to make the public more conscious and start preparations from within the homes and neighborhoods,” Tolentino said.
In recent years, Phivolcs had put up markings but are not as visible now.
In the paint-marking activity, the group used thermoplastic materials that do not easily fade and reflect at night.
Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum and Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano also attended the activity.