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Phivolcs reiterates call to assess old buildings in city


The Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) yesterday reiterated its call on the city government to conduct proper inventory and structural assessment of various old buildings in the city.

This after several buildings have been toppled and destroyed as a result of a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Surigao City, recently.

Local Phivolcs chief, Eng. Allan Labayog disclosed that the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office should always be prepared at all times in case a similar incident occurs in the city.

“Debe gayot preparao el agua, electricidad y el linya de comunicacion cada ves tene temblor. Mira y observa kita cosa ya pasa na Surigao, hinde ba agua, electricidad y communication amo el que ya perde dayun cuando ya man temblor?” Labayog explained.

He said the Sulu trench has for so many years remained dormant and could awaken anytime.

Meanwhile, City Engineer Luis Despalo also believes that there are buildings in the city that might not survive a strong quake.

He said many of these buildings have passed the building code but are "structural deficient".

Despalo said the building code of the Philippines should be amended due to the changing times.

He said the construction of huge buildings should conform with modern standards.

“Debe mga buildings ara earthquake proof ya,”  Despalo emphasized. (Nonong Santiago)

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