Makati Residents Along The Fault Line Urges To Leave Their Homes, Mayor Binay Says
Residents of Makati City along the fault line were urged by Mayor Abby Binay to leave their homes to reduce the loss of properties and lives.
On Wednesday (March 08, 2017), Mayor Abby Binay urged the residents of Barangay Comembo in Makati City to leave their homes, which are along the West Valley Fault. They were ordered to vacate the area to minimize injuries and casualties.
Makati mayor said that residents in the affected areas would receive financial aid for their relocation. She also said that residents who refused to accept the offer and choose to stay in the area should submit a waiver.
“We will not expropriate. The city will not buy your property; we will just provide help because you’re affected. If you decline our offer, you have to sign a waiver that you are accepting the risks,” said by Mayor Binay quoted by Inquirer.
Binay also said that residents along the fault line were not allowed to reconstruct or renovate their homes. The city engineering department of Makati would no longer provide permits in the danger zone.
West Valley Fault covered the 3-kilometer long portion of the city, which p(–foul word(s) removed–) through East Rembo, Pembo, Rizal, and Comembo, based on a survey last 2014.
More than 400 households in the four areas will be severely affected by the ‘Big One’ quake. 155 houses in East Rembo, 117 in Pembo, 125 in Rizal, and 8 houses in Comembo are within the 10-meter danger zone of the fault line.
Makati City government has partnered a non-profit organization “Build Change,” will provide assistance on how to strengthen the structures of the houses near the fault line.
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