Most Metro Manila buildings can survive 7.2 quake says study; PHIVOLCS suggests giving residents of quake-prone areas incentives to move

Most buildings in Metro Manila can survive a 7.2-earthquake, according to a study by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers.

Citing the study, GMA News Online reported yesterday that there is no evidence of the Angat Dam being in danger despite its location near a fault line. Most bridges in the country are also in the clear, according to the study.

However, GMA News Online reports that some low-rise buildings like houses are in danger. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum suggested giving incentives such as tax breaks to people who reside in earthquake-prone areas to move or fortify their homes against quakes.

The Department of Interior and Local Government said they are open to the suggestion but that they need to study the incentives first.

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