Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran, August 15 (PIA) – With the devastation left by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Kananga and Ormoc City in July 6, the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (MDRRO), this town, has eyed several contingency measures on earthquake.
“We are near the earthquake fault line,” said Raoul Villordon, Naval MDRRMO, recently during the “Kapihan at Pulong-Pulong ng Bayan,” a radio program at Radyo Natin-Naval hosted by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
He revealed the earthquake fault line is located between the seawaters of Naval and Calubian towns.
His office proposed to conduct an assessment of public and private buildings in town together with the engineering office to determine its stability against earthquake.
“Old structures in Naval town need to be retrofitted to restore its stability,” Villordon added.
He also proposed for no construction of public and private buildings beyond three storeys in Naval poblacion considering its proximity to the fault line.
One of his proposals included the construction of an alternative bridge to Caray-Caray bridge that will be constructed in Sitio Lupa in Barangay Calumpang, Naval.
Villordon has in mind that if Caray-Caray bridge will be severely damaged due to earthquake and will be declared impassable affecting transportation and business, there is still an alternate bridge that can be used.
“We have to make the necessary earthquake contingency measures for us to be prepared in times it will happen in town,” Villordon further said.
He also encouraged the 26 village chiefs of Naval to craft their disaster risk reduction and management plan as guide on things they must do during disasters. (ajc/FJ/rsvictoria/PIA8-Biliran)