The Officers and members of the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc (MCFRVI) join the nation in looking forward to a new era of Philippine Governance with the inauguration of the new President, His Excellency Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, III.
May the new President be provided with Divine Guidance in governing the country in a just and sincere manner and may he have the strength and the will to implement and carry into fruition his noble intentions for the benefit of the common good.
May the Philippines continue to be blessed by the Almighty under the firm but fair governance of the new administration.
The Officers and Members of the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Inc. (MCFRVI) join the nation in celebrating our Independence Day today, 12 June 2010.
This Independence Day, may we be reminded of the lessons learned from our history – that whatever we have achieved as a country thus far resulted from the Unity and Patriotism of our forebears. We wouldn’t be where we are now had they faltered.
A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the southern Philippines early Monday night sending thousands of panic-stricken citizens to the streets.
While no injuries were reported, it sends a chilling reminder to everyone about the expected “Big One” to hit the National Capital Region of Metro Manila anytime soon.Metro Manila after all sits on top of several Faults or Valley Fault Systems (VFS), some of which run right at the heart of the metropolis.
Metro Manila today comprises 13 cities and four municipalities with a total population going up by 2.5 times in the last 30 years to the present 10 million.
It is estimated that by 2015, about 25 million people will be living in this National Capital Region, including rapidly urbanized areas of Laguna, Cavite and Rizal Provinces.
As a result of rapid urbanization, reducing vulnerability to potential natural disaster, through raising awareness of people and organizations, developing a comprehensive disaster management plan and strengthening networks of national and local governments as well as communities, is crucial to safeguarding safety of those who live and operate in Metro Manila.
In and around Metro Manila, numerous earthquake sources exist, such as Valley Fault System (VFS), Philippine Faults, Lubang Faults, Manila Trench and Casiguran Faults. Among these, VFS, which transects the JICA Study area, is considered to cause the largest impact to Metro Manila area if it will become active. Recent studies show that VFS has ruptured twice to four times in the last 1400 years with a return period being approximately less than 500 years. And since no event of a major earthquake has been known along West Valley Fault since the 16th Century, active phases of the Valley Faults may be approaching. Results of many researches indicate that an estimated magnitude will be around 7 or higher.
It must be highlighted that the recent quakes to hit Haiti and Chile measured 7.0 and 8.8 magnitude respectively, closely similar to the predicted Big One for Metro Manila.
Which now brings us to the all important question :ARE WE READY FOR THE BIG ONE?
Several Volunteer Organizations such as the MCFRVI have been continually discussing and plotting response scenarios, should the Big One hit, but the alarming reality is, basing from the response shown by the government from Typhoon Ketsana (a.k.a. Ondoy), WE ARE NOT READY!!!