Forum to feature earthquakes, laws, etc.

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MANILA, May 2, 2015 – Experts from various fields will share their views on what needs to be done to minimize the ill-effects of earthquakes in the Philippines on Monday, May 4.

It will be recalled that a major earthquake shook Nepal and its neighboring countries last April 25 and brought deaths and destruction to residents and property.

The forum Tapatan sa Aristocrat will feature Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Dr. Renato U. Solidum, who will discuss historical data and trends in the behavior of the Philippines’ tectonic plates.

Representing Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson is the acting executive director of the National Building Code Development Office, Atty. Johnson V. Domingo. He is expected to inform the media about specific laws and regulations for government residential structures, including medium and high-rise buildings in metropolitan areas.

The country’s lone Masteral degree holder in Disaster Medicine, Dr. Carlos Primero Gundran of the Philippine General Hospital, will also discuss what needs to be done prior to earthquakes. He will share his expertise on Disaster Medicine which he acquired from the University of San Marino in Italy.

Director Lyndon Lee Suy, Secretary Janette L. Garin’s spokesperson, will update everyone on hospital preparedness and current guidelines from the Department of Health.

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Gwen Pang will send a representative to update the media on the status of the PRC team sent to Nepal, as well as details about blood supply in times of emergencies.

Tapatan sa Aristocrat is a project of Areopagus Social Media for Asia, Inc. in cooperation with the national landmark, The Aristocrat, along Roxas Blvd. corner San Andres, Malate, Manila. (Melo M. Acuña/CBCPNews)

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