Gordon: Rotary, Red Cross, must partner for big quake PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 13:49

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’… (and) ‘(T)ruly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me’…” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior who is God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in Matthew 25:40 and 45, the Holy Bible).

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GORDON: ROTARY, RED CROSS, MUST PARTNER FOR BIG QUAKE: What can Rotarians from the Manila area (and from the other areas covered by Rotary International District 3810, like Pasay City, Cavite, and Occidental Mindoro) do when the earthquake which measures magnitude 7.2 in the Richter scale and which scientists say is going to happen anytime now, finally strikes?

Sen. Richard Gordon, the chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee who is chairman as well of the Philippine Red Cross as well, threw this question Saturday, April 01, 2017, to District 3810 Rotarians led by Governor Ernest Yuyek and his spouse, Anna, when he accepted the District’s awards to the Philippine Red Cross, and to himself as well, recognizing him for his distinguished service to humanity, as part of District 3810’s District Conference 2017 at the Sofitel Hotel.

Gordon said Rotarians, whose Clubs are known for their initials “R.C.”, should partner with the Red Cross, whose initials are also known as “R.C.”, to provide an effective, ready, and immediate response to the projected grim consequences of that deadly earthquake. Initially, Gordon told Rotarians to collect P1,000.00 from each of their members and donate it to Red Cross.

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TALL BUILDINGS SEEN TO COLLAPSE WITH QUAKE: The amount will be used to register the 1,400 or so Rotarians from District 3810 as Red Cross volunteers. Upon its payment, Rotarians will be registered as volunteers and will be provided with emergency kits. They will also be requested to undergo crash courses on emergency assistance and relief operations, in preparation for the big earthquake.

Various agencies, notably the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), predicted the occurrence of the tremor, based on scientific calculations which say that a big earthquake happens every 400 years or along the so-called West Valley earthquake fault that runs from Bulacan, Metro Manila, to Rizal. “It is no longer a question of `if’, but of `when’, because the tragedy is sure to strike,” Gordon explained.

When the earthquake does happen, the consequences are staggering, according to a presentation made by Gordon: expected to be destroyed or damaged are the following: some 1.3 million residential structures; 38% of the 10-30 story buildings (or some 981 tall structures); 14% of the 30-60 story buildings (119 of them), and 30-35% of public buildings.

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51,000 DEATHS FROM BIG QUAKE IN METRO: Some 33,500 people will be killed instantly, while some 18,000 deaths will happen from fire. Around 114,000 people will sustain various injuries. Nine bridges might be affected, while about 4,000 water pipes or joints will break. Thirty kilometers of electrical cables will be cut, while 95 kilometers of communication cables will also be cut.

These figures, Gordon said, came from the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study which JICA, in coordination with the Metro Manila Development Authority and the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology Administration, prepared and later disclosed.

For those injured, the problem will be worsened by the fact that there will only be some 30,000 hospital beds that could be available, thereby disabling a lot of people from receiving immediate treatment. Gordon said Rotarians can partner with the Red Cross for a  more effective disaster and emergency assistance.

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