Where is sanctuary when the earth shakes?
TOMORROW marks the fifth anniversary of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in 2013 that hit Bohol
and Cebu, killing 227 people in Central Visayas. Cebu better prepared today for another big temblor?
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Chief Baltazar Tribunalo said each local
government unit (LGU) already has pre-designated evacuation areas that are earthquake-proof, and disaster response has greatly improved.
He said there are evacuation centers in Medellin, Camp Lapu-Lapu, Asturias, Carmen, Bantayan Island, and there is
one undergoing construction in Sibonga. Aside from these evacuation centers, churches, gyms and schools still used as evacuation centers.
Tribunalo considers churches among the best options as evacuation centers since many of the churches retrofitted.
“There strong structures like the churches that retrofitted, like the (Cebu Metropolitan) Cathedral, and
the (Basilica Minore del) Sto. Niño that affected by the earthquake,” Tribunalo said in a mix of Cebuano and English.
The Augustinian friars and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines took care of the restoration
of the Basilica, which lost part of its belfry in the quake.
Reestablished holy places are the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral,
Fr. Brian Brigoli, chairman of the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, said nine
churches under the Archdiocesan Commission, on the other hand, had suffered minor and major damage from the
quake, and they had all restored.
The reestablished holy places are the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Church in Pardo
, St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Carcar, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza Parish in Sibonga, San Guillermo Parish
Church in Dalaguete, St. Michael the Archangel Church in Samboan, Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio Church in Boljoon, San
Miguel Archangel Parish in Argao and St. Francis of Assisi in Dumanjug. The Sts. Subside and Paul Parish in Bantayan, not harmed by the shake but rather by tropical storm Yolanda, likewise been reestablished.
Be that as it may, Fr. Brigoli said he can’t guarantee that these restored temples are seismic tremor confirmation in light of the fact that for him, certain holy places have constraints, and these restrictions must be tried when another quake hits Cebu once more.
He said they had not gotten any formal demand from nearby governments yet to utilize the holy places as departure focuses.
Fr. Brigoli said the restoration was very much supported by the national government. The issue is proceeding with the rebuilding and restoration of the houses of worship regardless of whether they are not yet devastated by a seismic tremor.
Beside houses of worship, Tribunalo likewise recognized the new school structures of the Department of Education 7 as seismic tremor evidence and following the National Building Code. In any case, he said schools would be the last choice for use as clearing focuses.
“It will entangle the issue on the privilege to instruction of the youngsters. In the event that conceivable, that would be the last alternative. In Naga, we utilized the exercise center first,” Tribunalo said.
Last Sept. 20, an avalanche in Sindulan, City of Naga, Cebu covered houses, murdering 78 individuals and uprooting somewhere in the range of 7,500 individuals, who were housed in 11 departure focuses that incorporated an exercise center, a games complex, a movement focus, a congregation and schools in the city and neighboring San Fernando town.
Tribunalo forewarned that Cebu’s tremor confirmation structures don’t ensure 100 percent security since it would likewise rely upon to what extent the structures can withstand a high-force seismic tremor.
The PDRRMO intends to enlist auxiliary designers to guarantee the honesty of the structures, yet starting at now it has structural specialists doing the evaluation of the structures.
Under universal principles, every individual ought to be given a three-meter individual space in a clearing focus. Be that as it may, Tribunalo said the Philippines does not pursue these principles because of restricted space in clearing focuses.
He called attention to that each family in a clearing territory ought to have protection, a breastfeeding region and a water station. They attempt their best to give these to the evacuees. That is the reason when a clearing focus ends up congested, Tribunalo exchanges a few families to chapels, schools and barangay lobbies.
Tribunalo said clearing focuses can be locally established.
“It could a house since we additionally have a locally situated embrace a-family program in the event of recognized dangers or perils like storms,” said Tribunalo.
This locally situated departure program is a deliberate demonstration of generosity where families not influenced by the disaster offer their homes to the casualties of a catastrophe. The people group that embraced this program in northern Cebu are Bantayan, Sta. Fe, Madridejos, Medellin and Bogo, while all LGUs in southern Cebu are embracing a similar practice.
With respect to torrent towers, Tribunalo said none distinguished since Cebu has not encountered a tidal wave, encompassed by different islands.
With respect to fiasco reaction, Tribunalo said there had been much change.
“I think the activity in Naga is one of the extremely fruitful ones due to the preparation: our ability preparing, particularly on the ICS (Incident Command System interoperability) approach wherein whoever arrives first will be the occurrence authority, and whoever has the limit will be the middle, and after that we truly pursue the entire government or the entire network approach,” Tribunalo said.
However, the PDRRMO conceded that its ability to react to a debacle would rely upon the seriousness of the catastrophe. In the Naga avalanche, he said numerous responders from various regions helped in the hunt, protect and recovery activity.
As far as the accessibility of gear for inquiry and protect, the PDRRMO has enough offices. He said canines touched base on the primary day of the hunt, safeguard and recovery activity in Naga.
The Coast Guard District Central Visayas sent a Search and Rescue K9 group, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s episode report appeared.
Responders experience something like five days of preparing. The PDRRMO offers particular trainings: school-based, network based, water pursuit and save, and high and low save activities.
The PDRRMO has approximately 700 prepared rescuers with affirmation and 5,000 prepared people without accreditation from various levels. Tribunalo said they likewise incorporate into their preparation people with inabilities.
Be that as it may, holes stay in Cebu’s fiasco readiness.
While all LGUs as of now have debacle hazard officers, Tribunalo is uncertain how able, prepared and genuine they are about their job. He uncovered that it went to a moment that they constrained LGUs to prepared in misfortune administration.
“To me, it’s idiocy if the LGUs won’t be not kidding about calamity chance administration after every one of these promotions from the media. To me, they are responsible to the general population,” he said.