City to partner with Phivolcs for quake resiliency program

THE CITY’S resiliency on earthquakes will soon be enhanced after lawmakers unanimously approved the ordinance granting legislative authority to Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

The ordinance, authored by Councilor Melchor B. Quitain Jr., who heads the committee on rules, laws, ordinances, and privileges, was passed on third and final reading on April 10.

Under the draft of the ordinance, the Phivolcs will establish, operate and maintain a network of intensity meters strategically located in key areas to record and make available on real-time basis information on the severity on both the intensity and magnitude of the quake.

The MOA will be entered into between the city government of Davao and Phivolcs for the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development and Department of Science and Technology Grants-In-Aid (GIA) project for the specific earthquake ground and motion to help enhance the seismic resiliency of the residential and medium-to-high rise buildings in the city.

The DOST-GIA program aims to harness the country’s scientific and technological capabilities to spur and attain sustainable economic growth and development. The GIA program provides grants for the implementation of programs/projects identified in the current DOST priorities.

In authorizing the city mayor to enter into a MOA, the ordinance cited Local Government Code which states that “for efficient, effective and economical governance the purpose of which is the general welfare of the city and its inhabitants pursuant to Section 16 of this code, the city mayor shall represent the city in all its business transaction and sign in its behalf all bond, contracts, and obligations.”

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