In preparation for the possible movement of the Valley Fault System that may jolt the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) within this lifetime, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has identified evacuation camps and centers across the metropolis.

Metro Manila is divided into four quadrants for better evacuation and rescue operations among residents. Operation centers and staging areas that will serve as evacuation camps are also pointed out in the contingency plan of MMDA.

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Athletic fields, memorial parks, sports arenas, churches and gymnasiums of Local Government Units (LGU’s) will also be used as evacuation centers in the Metro Manila and nearby cities and provinces. Pasig River will also serve as an alternate route for rescue and relief personnel in the event that bridges in the capital city are destroyed by the huge quake.

The earthquake, projected in having a 7.2 magnitude may collapse 500,000 houses and damage over 300 buildings. According to studies done by PHIVOLCS and other agencies, the West Valley Fault’s 100-kilometer length traverses through Rizal, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Muntinlupa and Laguna. Moreover, 35% of the population inhabiting the said areas lives right above this fault line.

Though predictions are alarming, they do not aim to cause panic. The warnings are meant to properly prepare the public in case the earthquake occurs. Though no machine can predict when this hazard will strike, in this lifetime or in the next, it’s still best to be ready than not, because the human cost of this quake is far too heavy to ignore.

George Gamayo

George Gamayo

Officer-In-Charge (OIC) at Panahon TV

George Vincent Gamayo is part of the pioneering team of Panahon TV, and a homegrown talent of UBE Media. He was the writer and director of Project DINA (Disaster Information for Nationwide Awareness), a flagship project of the government that teaches the public what to do before, during and after hazards. He also headed our Batang Emergency Response Training (BERT), which gathered over a thousand students and teachers in the National Capital Region (NCR) to educate them on responsible journalism and disaster preparedness. In 2015, the United Nations accredited him to cover and participate in the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union’s Global News Forum in Sendai, Japan. He also covered the third Media Summit of ABU in Dhaka, Bangladesh in May 2017. Apart from climate change and disaster preparedness content, George also produces golf and cycling stories.