Earthquake survey conducted in Caloocan

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AFTER Las Piñas City, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted an earthquake risk survey in Caloocan City.

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Akin to a population census, an MMDA team went to Barangay 74 to do a house-to-house inspection and survey focusing on the structural integrity of the structures.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the earthquake census in Barangay 74 was conducted along Samson Road by MMDA engineers, city building officials and engineering students.

After they inspected the building or structure, a sticker was posted by the
MMDA inspectors.

This was the second such survey conducted by the MMDA after the first one in Barangay Pamplona, Las Piñas City on January 29.

“We’re hoping to replicate this program to all local government units in Metro Manila,” Tolentino said.

The earthquake risk survey is the first ever government initiative designed to identify public and private buildings that are vulnerable to a strong tremor.

Tolentino reiterated that the survey aims to pinpoint the structural deficiencies of structures and implement corrective measures to prevent damage in the event of an earthquake.

He suggested the conduct of a metrowide earthquake census in the wake of the 7.2-magnitude tremor that badly damaged Bohol and Cebu in October.

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) has issued Resolution 13-19, Series of 2013 approving the conduct of the earthquake census on different barangays of the 17 local governments in Metro Manila.

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