House Speaker Martin Romualdez wants to ensure the preparedness of the government, especially the first responders, should a strong earthquake hit the country, especially in Metro Manila.
According to experts, thousands will be victims of the said earthquake like what happened in Turkey and Syria, if we are not prepared.
Romualdez said, “ We want to find out if we are really ready at ano ang dapat gawin ng publiko.”
“Na-experience na kasi natin ito during Yolanda na yung mga first-responders naging biktima ng nasabing delubyo,” he added.
“Sino ang papalit sa kanila, do we have enough equipment to dig through rubbles o may sapat ba na food packs ang gobyerno sa libu-libong maaapektuhan ng lindol na ito,” the lawmaker from Leyte said.
Last Monday, Turkey Ambassador Niyazi Aykol went to Congress to accept Romualdez’s personal donation of $100,000 for the victims of the earthquake in the said country.
Ambassador Aykol told Romualdez that they had known for 20 years that a strong earthquake would hit their country but they never thought it would be this strong.
That’s why Romualdez wants to know how strong an earthquake or intensity, the National Capital Region (NCR) can handle, and how many are the projected casualties.
The Speaker intends to summon all disaster agencies and first responder units to find out if the government has an operational plan.
He asked, “Do we have enough equipment and manpower? Kasi very critical ang first 24 hours. Kasi if we don’t have then let’s prepare and anticipate.”
“We really have to be ready from rescue to medical attention and food distribution,” he said.
“Siyempre before anything else, kailangan malaman din natin kung gaano katibay ang mga building at istraktura natin,” he added.
Romualdez said, “Dito sa ipapatawag nating pulong malalaman natin gaano tayo ka-ready para maiwasan ang napakaraming casualties.”