MMDA proposes Metro Manila-wide building audit to prepare for earthquakes
Better safe than sorry.
InterAksyon.com’s Clara Masinag reports that Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has proposed the conduct of a Metro Manila-wide audit of buildings to determine if they are sturdy enough to withstand an earthquake.
The report explained that the earthquake risk audit proposed by the MMDA will be "like a population census" where local engineering students from various universities will be tapped to "do house-to-house inspection and survey, focusing on the structural integrity of the structure." MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the data gathered from the survey will then be turned over to local building official and engineering offices for officials to be able to devise preventive and corrective measures when an earthquake occurs.
Tolentino said after the census, building owners may be asked to retrofit or reinforce their structures to make them sturdier in the event of an earthquake. He has proposed that the audit be done right after the barangay elections on October 28.
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