In a joint study with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) looked at earthquake scenarios for detailed damage analysis. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake from the West Valley Fault, a 100-kilometer fault that runs through six cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, is considered the worst-case scenario. This is “The Big One.”

Recent shakes around the country and in Cavite have people worried and fearful that “the Big One” might happen anytime. A tsunami is also foreseen in the scenario set by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology..

“The Big One” will not only affect the greater Metro Manila but also the province of Cavite that lies outside of Manila, specifically the towns of Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez and Silang. While there is a Metro Manila Earthquake Contingency Plan, the people of Cavite need to be informed of the preparedness of the provincial government, especially the 3 affected municipalities. There is also a need to discuss areas of collaboration and coordination between the LGUs, CSO/NGOs, private sector and other humanitarian actors in Cavite that can respond in the event of “the Big One”.

The Humanitarian Leadership Academy Philippines Center together with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), through the Provincial Government of Cavite is facilitating the first step in creating a province-wide preparedness plan for “the Big One”. This will be held on June 6, 2017 at the IIRR campus, Silang, Cavite. We will be livestreaming the event on Facebook on June 6, at 10:30 and 13:00 GMT+8.

The colloquium will:

  1. Provide an overview of how the “Big One” will impact the Province of Cavite based on the most recent studies/researches;
  2. Enable participants to understand the level of preparedness required for “the Big One” as against existing plans and identify immediate actions to address gaps;
  3. Encourage participants to identify potential areas of collaboration/cooperation between the LGUs, CSOs/NGOs and the private sector towards strengthening the preparedness of the whole province.

As a first step, it is expected that local government units and the province with other stakeholders will commit to collaborate and identify areas of working together to prepare for “The Big One”.

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