Zubiri wants all infrastructures in Mindanao inspected after successive quakes

Published October 30, 2019, 3:46 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Wednesday called for a thorough assessment of all infrastructures in Mindanao following the strong earthquakes that jolted its provinces in the last three weeks.

Sen. Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)
Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri
(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN)

“[The] National government should instruct the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) together with Phivolcs (Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology), DILG (Department of Interior and Local Government) and the LGUs (local government units) to do a thorough assessment of all the infrastructures within their localities to check if the buildings and homes are still safe for use and if they may still be strengthened for possible earthquakes in the future,” Zubiri said in a statement.

The senator, who hails from Bukidnon, pointed out that structures that do not meet the requirements under the country’s building code should be condemned, or strengthened.

Aside from assessing the structures, he said a comprehensive geo-hazard mapping of landslide-prone areas should likewise be conducted “so the communities can be warned if they are located in these danger zones.”

Zubiri said the administration should be as stern in mandating concerned agencies and LGUs to act after the earthquakes.

“Implementation of this should be mandatory, as what government has done during the Boracay clean-up,” he said.

“We must take a more proactive stance so that little or no lives are lost during these times of natural calamities,” he added.

A 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday morning, October 29, struck Tulunan, Cotabato, and was felt at varying intensities in several other parts of Mindanao. It killed at least nine people from fallen debris and landslides.

Just two weeks earlier, a 6.3-magnitude tremor hit the same town last October 16.

The Phivolcs has advised residents to be cautious of structures visibly weakened or damaged by the two earthquakes.