By Jel Santos
Makati Mayor Abigail “Abby” Binay on Tuesday directed the Office of the Building Official (OBO) and Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) to inspect all government and private buildings in the city to ensure their structural integrity.
The order came after a magnitude 6.1 tectonic earthquake struck Zambales and rocked a large part of Luzon, including Metro Manila.
Binay also asked owners of private establishments to give their full cooperation to OBO inspection teams.
“All building management and administrators are strictly ordered to allow unimpeded access to the inspection teams and provide the needed information and cooperation to ensure a thorough and speedy assessment,” she said.
Binay instructed the OBO and DEPW to submit daily inspection reports for her perusal.
As of this writing, three inspection teams have been deployed to Century City and Rockwell Center; two teams to Circuit Makati; and a team each to Rufino Tower, Pacific Star and Eton Tower.
Inspections are also now under way at the City Hall complex, University of Makati, and other public school buildings, Ospital ng Makati, barangay halls and health centers, multi-purpose and covered courts, Makati Homes I and II, and other public structures in Makati.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education-Makati said that only Makati Science High School and La Paz Elementary School were reported to have sustained minor cracks on the walls of some comfort rooms, and on the perimeter fence, respectively.
After the earthquake struck, the mayor dispatched the Makati Search and Rescue (SAR) Teams to go around the city and assist people who may have been affected.
Augmentation force from the public safety, police, and barangay personnel were dispatched to assist in the traffic management as there was an increase in motorists and commuters going out of Makati’s business district.
The Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) also activated its mobile command vehicle at the Makati City Hall Quadrangle to serve as its Incident Command Post, in line with disaster response protocols.
Currently, the Makati DRRMO, Makati Social Welfare Department and Makati Health Department are on stand-by and ready to provide assistance to Makati residents in case of any emergency.