Cavite gears up for the Big One

 

     Cavite Provincial Government, in collaboration with the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines (HLA ) and the Adventist Relief  and Development Agency  (ADRA) , heightens its disaster readiness  campaign in anticipation of the “Big One” or the 7.2 magnitude earthquake from the West Valley Fault. The Big Preparedness, One Cavite, A Cavite –wide discussion to prepare for the Big One was held on June 6, 2017  at the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction  in Silang,Cavite.

    Alarmed with the recent earthquakes that rocked the National  Capital  Region, Batangas , Cavite, areas in Mindanao , and Zambales , proponents of the event see  the pressing need  to conduct a province-wide  discussion to sort out plans and strengthen collaboration between LGUs, CSOs/NGOs and the private sector to raise the level of  preparedness of the whole province. The dialogue is crucial for Cavite since the Big One will not only affect Metro Manila but also the towns of Carmona, Gen. Mariano  Alvarez and  Silang where the West Valley Fault system traverses. 

   The event gathered provincial disaster risk reduction and management council members, municipal/ city  DRMM officers and LGU  representatives,  and focal  persons from non government  agencies  to understand the level of preparedness needed to craft appropriate measures and mitigate the impact of the Big One .

     Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Cecil Miranda delivered the event rationale citing  its importance and called on every participant’s involvement since their inputs will contribute to the formulation of the provincial contingency plan.

    Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director Renato Solidum explained the Big One scenario and its possible impact in the province based on the most recent studies and researches.

     Mon Santiago of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority discussed  the Metro Manila Earthquake Contingency  Plan (Oplan Metro Yakal Plus) and its essential components and processes, as well as recommendations for Cavite . Although the plan is NCR specific, it provided LGUs a benchmark on points to consider in coming up with their own contingency plans.

      Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin “Boying“  Remulla  expressed  his commitment to keep the province safe at all times and pledged his support to all undertakings pertaining to disaster risk reduction and management . He likewise urged participants to work hand in hand  for the safety of the Caviteños and the preservation of lives and properties in times of disaster.

     HLA Philippines Program Lead Diosdado Waña  and ADRA Country Director  Tom Pignon also shared their messages of support as able partners of the provincial government in preparing for the Big One.

     In a workshop, participants identified gaps and actions in their LGUs for consolidation of the province. Follow up activities are anticipated after the dialogue targeting the formulation  of the provincial  contingency plan.

Source: Provincial Information and Community Affairs Department

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