OCD-9 installs tsunami marker in Pagadian City PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 August 2015 16:50

By CLARO A. LANIPA

 

PAGADIAN CITY —The Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-9 in coordination with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) and the city government here initially installed on Thursday one tsunami marker/signage at barangay San Pedro this city.

OCD is targeting to install at least 10 tsunami markers in strategic areas (coastal barangays) in the city that are prone to tsunami.

Ms. Emilia Vasquez Julhajan, OCD-9 officer in-charge, said “the installation of these tsunami markers is part of our continuing advocacy campaign in raising the level of awareness of the community and for them to be conscious that their place is a tsunami prone area.”

“We are not putting this signages to scare the people or to deter our tourism, but instead, we are giving the community the chance to save their own lives in case any eventuality will happen such as earthquake and tsunami,” Julhajan explained.

Earthquake cannot be predicted, but once an earthquake occurs the likelihood of tsunami can be predicted as to the areas that will be affected, and the approximate time it will reach the coastal mainland, the OCD-9 chief said.

Last Aug. 17 the city has just commemorated the 39th year of the August 17, 1976 tsunami wrought by the 7.9 Moro Gulf (Cotabato Trench) earthquake that wiped out the coastal barangays, leaving 1,440 dead, 7,701 injured, 909 missing and 49,848 people homeless.

“The 1976 tsunami was no joke, we need to be on alert always, if our preparedness and response mechanism are in place, definitely, we will have a high level of survival in times of tsunami,” Julhajan stressed. (FPG/CAL/PIA-9)