MAKATI CITY – Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay has ordered the immediate inspection of all establishments around the city to ensure structural integrity and assess the damage sustained following a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Luzon on Monday.
In a memorandum, Binay instructed the Office of the Building Official (OBO) and the Department of Engineering and Public Works (DEPW) to check the private buildings and ensure they remain durable and safe for the public.
The mayor also called on the management of these establishments to authorize city hall personnel to conduct inspection and provide the necessary information to accelerate the completion of damage assessment.
Binay said she asked city hall departments to submit daily inspection reports to her office to resolve any problems.
As of writing, three inspection teams are deployed in Century City and Rockwell Center, two groups in Circuit Makati, at one team in Rufino Tower, Pacific Star, and Eton Tower.
Inspections are currently done in other buildings of the city hall complex, University of Makati, other public schools, Ospital ng Makati, barangay halls and health centers, multi-purpose and covered courts, Makati Homes I and II, and other public buildings in the city.
Latest reports show that the majority of public schools did not sustain any major damage but Makati Science High School and La Paz Elementary School had minor cracks found in the wall of the former’s comfort room and perimeter fence of the latter.
Following the incident, Binay sent out Makati Search and Rescue (SAR) teams to roam around the city and extend assistance to those affected by the earthquake.
More public safety, police, and barangay personnel were also deployed to manage traffic.
Meanwhile, Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) opened the mobile command vehicle at Makati City Hall Quadrangle to make it into the Incident Command Post, as per disaster response protocols.
Workers assigned in Makati C3 (Command Communication and Control Center) at the 22nd floor ng City Hall, which left the premises along with city hall workers, went straight to the mobile command vehicle to continue their operations.
The mobile command vehicle is capable of establishing network of communication for DRRM Operations Center.
Equipment include portable weather monitoring system, video encoder surveillance hub, built-in 4G/ LTE cellular modem, and Wi-Fi connectivity to attend to the victims and receive latest information from the ground.
Currently, first responder of Makati DRRMO are on standby, along with Makati Social Welfare Department and Makati Health Department, to help people hit by the natural disaster.
Residents, meanwhile, are encouraged to stay alert and be prepared with possible aftershocks.