Philvolcs tells Cabuyao residents: Get ready for the “Big One”


The Big One is definitely something a lot of people are very worried about. Because of this, Cabuyao City, Laguna, especially Barangay Casile, was warned by the Department of Science and Technoloy or DOST, and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to always be ready.

Barangay Casile sits atop the West Valley Fault System, which is very active right now. Thus, preparedness level must be at the top of the priorities of Cabuyao officials and residents, according to Dr. Renato Solidum.

At the National Disaster Resilience Month, Solidum played the part of the resource speaker and in observance of the said event, he spoke in the occasion themed  “4Ks: Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan” over the weekend.

He then stressed that Cabuyao will be very much affected by the Big One when it happens so disaster preparedness is very essential. He then told officials and residents alike to note the key areas that will be affected once the 7.2 magnitude earthquake strikes, saying powerful earthquakes have happened to Leyte and Batangas lately.

Solidum said: “It is vital in the proper planning for the earthquake disaster to make risk assessment by classifying the possible damages like buildings and other structures and to determine possible injured victims and casualties.”

He also asked the officials of the city, as well as the executives of the village, the disaster management teams, the teachers and the academe and more importantly, the private sector to take on their role to prioritize disaster preparedness and convince the communities to think about their lives first.

The Phivolcs chief also reiterated that the Philippines is #3 in the countries most prone to disasters and natural hazards. It is vulnerable to various natural calamities such as: earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, typhoons, storm surges, floods and landslides.

He added: “We provide you science-based hazard and risk scenarios for extreme and large-scale events and by using science we should make community safer.”

He also relayed that a large earthquake from the West Valley Fault can destroy most parts of Manila and Laguna so understanding and taking note of these risks is very important. People must know how to respond appropriately when these occurs.