PHIVOLCS-JICA Launch House Safety Information Materials
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:42

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Japan International Cooperation Agency – Japan Science and Technology Agency (JICA-JST) and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) launched the How Safe is My House?: A 12-Point Questionnaire at 9am on Feb. 19, 2014 at the PHIVOLCS Auditorium, Quezon City.

The 12-point questionnaire serves as a guide that will be used to evaluate the integrity of one’s house and its susceptibility to strong earthquakes.

Prior to the formulation of the “How Safe is My House? Self-Check for Earthquake Safety of Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) Houses in the Philippines” questionnaire, a full-scale shaking table experiment on CHB masonry structures was performed in Japan to make a comparison between two types of CHB houses.

Subsequently, one model showcased a code-compliant CHB house (Model A) while the other represented the more common residential CHB house (Model B) in the Philippines.

Through this “House Self-check,” an initial result can be produced to verify whether one’s house was properly built and has followed appropriate construction procedures and recommended measures.

Representatives from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and different local media also attended the said event.

Engr. Ronaldo S. Ison of ASEP, Mr. Takahiro Sasaki of JICA Philippine Office, PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr., and Mr. Hiroshi Imai of NIED-Japan unveil the material.  PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr gives an overview of the project.

Director Solidum turns over the said material to Mr. Takahiro Sasaki, Chief Representative of JICA Philippine Office.  Director Solidum explains further the content of the material to the media during the open forum.



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