Palafox proposes structural audits on government-owned buildingsBy Jamie Marie Elona
“Yung mga contractor na alam nila na nagkadayaan sa istruktura, especially public structures, dapat i-report na siguro sa public works secretary para matignan nila, especially during emergency (Those contractors who are aware of anomalies in public structures, they should report, I think, these to the public works secretary so they can check especially during emergency [cases]),” Palafox said in an interview with anchors Susan K, Den Macaranas and Captain Dylan Halili of “Good Morning Inquirer” on Radio Inquirer 990AM.
He also said areas that were identified to be lying in fault lines based on the disaster overlay zoning should be marked “non-fillable, non-developable, and non-buildable.”
However, builders were still able to develop their structures above fault lines.
MANILA, Philippines—Urban planner Felino “Jun” Palafox said Tuesday structural audits should be made over government-owned buildings and other establishments as to determine the general health of a structure against possible natural disasters.
“Dapat gawin ng gobyerno bigyan na sila ng (The government should give them) certificate of non-compliance,” Palafox said. Structures should have a 5-meter set back from a fault line.
He said he has given the government a 10-year action program which notes projects that could be done in a specific period of time until year 2020.
For the full interview, listen to the attached audio clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM.