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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Kalinga soon to have Earthquake intensity meters to monitor seismic activities

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Loss of lives and properties in times of disasters in Kalinga is expected to be reduced with the installation of earthquake intensity meter, an instrument that helps in evaluating the severity of earthquake-related ground shaking and impact of earthquake events.

The disaster preparedness measure will be carried out through the authorization given on December 14 by Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) chaired by Vice Governor Atty. Dave Odiem for the provincial government under the leadership of Governor Ferdinand Tubban to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) represented by Undersecretary, Dr. Renato Solidum.

Odiem, on his official Facebook page, released on Thursday, December 16, the proposal letter of DOST-PHIVOLCS dated April 21, 2021. The letter explained that out of the 124 instruments of earthquake intensity meters deployed all over the country, the one nearest to the province is situated in Peñablanca Seismic Station, Cagayan.

With positive results, DOST-PHIVOLCS plans to install 30 additional units of earthquake intensity meters and Tabuk City was among the pre-selected sites. In connection with the installation, the department secured approval of MOA and SP resolution for the deployment.

Realizing its significance to the disaster response of the province, the SP members and the Chairman moved to approve the request.

“Agyaman tayo ti DOST ken Philvocs ta adda dagitoy nga maaramid tapno ma-lessen tayo ti risks ken problema nga mapasamak nu adda man mapasamak nga gingened iti lugar tayo,” said Vice-Governor Odiem.

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