Manila, Philippines, 18 May 2015
The Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was launched and distributed to local government officials at 9am on May 18, 2015 at the 2/F Auditorium, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.
In 2012, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) revisited the VFS as one of the component activities of the Australian Aid (AusAid) Program-funded GMMA Ready Project under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The mapping efforts discovered new fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.
The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) composed of two fault segments: the 10 km long East Valley Fault (EVF) in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault (WVF) runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake with M 7.2 which poses threat to peoples lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.
Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director of DOST-PHIVOLCS, says that “Key to people’s awareness and preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures, is the location of active faults. The Valley Fault System Atlas was conceptualized as a handy reference for everyone to serve as a guide in making sure that areas traversed by active faults are avoided as sites of houses and structures and considered in various mitigation and response actions to enhance the safety and resilience of communities to strong earthquake events.”
The importance of the VFS Atlas to local governments is stressed by NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama. He states that “Through the publication of this Atlas, we have taken a leap forward to reducing risk from earthquake. This tool will help us in our national DRRM effort to build safer, disaster-resilient and climate-change adaptive communities throughout the country.”
“UNDP advocates an integrated and systematic risk management approach to prevent or lessen the impacts of disasters. Nobody can accurately predict exactly when or where an earthquake will occur- the best we can do is to be informed where the risks and vulnerabilities potentially are and prepare and plan ahead for these. VFS Atlas is a critical tool to support development planning and programming. If development is not risk informed, it is not sustainable,” say UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra.
The launching was graced by local chief executives and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Contact:For information about the event, please contact:
Ester Garrido/Princess Decierdo- 927 45 24
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
For clarification about the VFS Atlas, queries can be directed to Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director-PHIVOLCS - 926 26 11