QUEZON City, May 22, 2015—At the risk of sounding alarmist, a Catholic prelate has exhorted the faithful not to take government advisories about natural disasters, especially earthquakes, for granted since their only aim is to prepare everyone long before the worst strikes.
Not a joking matter
“When we receive some warning, some vital information, let us be serious about it,” Cubao Bishop Honesto F. Ongtioco told Church-run Radio Veritas in an interview.
“It’s just to advise people … When there are such warnings or advice, let us respond to it accordingly and seriously,” he added.
The prelate’s appeal came on the heels of a series of maps released recently by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) which details the places in Metro Manila and nearby provinces sitting directly on top of the active East (EVF) and West Valley Fault (WVF) Lines.
It indicates that some heavily populated areas in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, and Bulacan are more likely than others to receive the full force of a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the event it hits.
Meanwhile, Ongtioco reminded the public that no matter what happens, they should value their lives more than their earned wealth and material possessions.
“Even though you fail to salvage a single property, it doesn’t change the fact that life is more important than any tangible object,” he added.
Interested parties may download Philvolcs’ Valley Fault System (VFS) maps by visiting: http://www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=500043. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News with reports from Leahna Villajos)