Senator Leila de Lima has moved to have the Senate conduct an evaluation of kinds into the authorities’s readiness in coping with the so-called the ‘Big One’, a significant earthquake with a magnitude 7.2 to be generated by the West Valley Fault in Metro Manila.

The frequency of earthquakes in numerous elements of the nation the previous few days has prompted De Lima to file Senate decision No. 322, which seeks to direct the applicable Senate committees to inquire into the nation’s preparedness in coping with such scenario.

“There is a need for a holistic assessment and strengthening of the respective capacities of national government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders to mitigate, respond and recover from a potential massive earthquake,” she stated.

Reports cited a 2004 research funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) confirmed that the magnitude 7.2 quake might declare an estimated 34,000 lives and injure up 100,000 others due to collapsed buildings.

“The National Building Code should be revisited and amended to ensure that homeowners and building administrators will upgrade and retrofit their houses or buildings to comply with the minimum requirements provided by the Code,” De Lima stated.

The proposed Senate inquiry also needs to look into the current administration’s implementation of RA 10121 also referred to as the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010.