by maya m. padillo
An official of the Phi-lippine Institute of Volca-nology and Seismology– Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) advised local government officials and village officials to equip and prepare their commu-nities for earthquake and tsunami.
In a seminar-work-shop entitled “Earthquake Awareness and Prepared-ness for Local Government Units and Barangay Offi-cials of Davao Oriental” Renato Solidum of DOST and PHIVOLCS said that the agency chose DavOr as the first venue for the program because it was where one of the two strongest earthquakes in the country was recorded on 1924 with a magnitude of 8.3.
In a statement sent by the Philippine Information Office (PIO) of Davao Oriental, it was learned that the geographic location of the province is what makes it prone to earthquakes and tsunamis.
According to PHI-VOLCS, the province of Davao Oriental was identified as an earthquake and tsunami prone area. It is transected and bounded by active earthquake gene-rators such as the Philippine Fault and the Philippine Trench. The tsunami threat posed to the eastern Philip-pine archipelago includes both local and distant tsunamis. Large-magnitude earthquakes that also gene-rated a tsunami have occurred in the region.
The one-day seminar-workshop aims to streng-then the province’s aware-ness about earthquake and tsunami, as well as to help them prepare in case such natural hazards occur in the region. LGUs and bara-ngay officials’ role in correct information disse-mination will be discussed in the seminar-workshop.
Participated mostly by the village chiefs and repre-sentatives of town mayors, the activity provided lec-tures on earthquake ha-zards and the vital role of LGUs and barangays in the proper information dissemi-nation in times of disasters.