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Philippines: Compliance to building standards sought

Source(s):  Business World

"It is true that 25% of our buildings are not compliant with standards for a 7.0-magnitude earthquake and they could crumble," Under-Secretary Benito T. Ramos, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director admitted during a radio interview yesterday, reports BusinessWorld. The statement was issued further to the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan last Friday that triggered tsunami warnings worldwide, including the Philippines.

"The DPWH, MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) and LGUs (local government units) must [..] ensure that all public and private infrastructure are resilient," urged Senator Loren Legarda during the same radio interview.

  • Publication date 13 Mar 2011

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