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The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) oriented participants on the ‘Big One” and earthquake preparedness measures during its recent webinar, entitled “DOST-PHIVOLCS InfoBit 2023: READY KA NA BA SA LINDOL?” held last April 13, 2023 via Zoom.

“Earthquakes don’t kill people, but the collapse of buildings and other structural damages do”, remarked DOST-PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol in his opening remarks. He stressed the importance of constructing structurally sound buildings as part of earthquake preparedness. He also emphasized that  preparedness  starts from one’s self to family, the neighborhood, and the community.

Mr. Jeffrey S. Perez, DOST-PHIVOLCS Supervising Science Research Specialist, presented the historical earthquakes that happened in Metro Manila. He also  discussed the ‘Big One’ scenario for Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA), PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS), and earthquake-related hazards.

Meanwhile, DOST-PHIVOLCS Senior Science Research Specialist Ms. Charmaine V. Villamil walked through earthquake preparedness measures before, during, and after a strong earthquake. Ms. Villamil also shared the ‘ingredients’ of a safe community– preparedness combined with proper response. Both speakers reminded the participants that following the building code and conducting structural integrity audits will protect us from earthquake-related hazards. Clarifications from the participants were also entertained during the latter part of the webinar.

Participants invited to the webinar were condominium and high-rise building owners, developers, residents, and occupants including businesses renting inside these buildings. A total of 543 composed of 302 female and 241 male attended.


Mr. Jeffrey S. Perez shows the Seismicity Map of the Philippines with 20 earthquakes recorded per day and 150 felt in a year


Ms. Charmaine V. Villamil shares the ingredients for a safe community


Ms. Charmaine V. Villamil presents the How Safe is My House? Application, a self-check tool for Earthquake Safety of CHB Houses in the Philippines