A 7.2 magnitude earthquake could kill 34,000 people and destroy 40 percent of the buildings in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Most of those who will perish will most likely be People with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens.
This was the declaration made by disaster experts led by Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) during last year’s Disaster Resilience Conference for PWDs and Senior Citizens. This year, in a bid to reiterate commitments to make PWDs and Senior Citizens more ready to face an earthquake and any other disasters, SM will again host the second Disaster Resilience Conference for PWDs and Senior Citizens.
Slated on July 20, 2016 at 9 AM at Function Room 3 of the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia, disaster experts and stakeholders will gather once again to provide adequate information to PWDs and Senior Citizens about the realities of a potential earthquake / disaster scenario happening in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
The conference, sponsored by SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of SM Prime Holdings Inc., also aims to make PWDs and Senior Citizens better prepared and resilient during times of disasters and calamities by teaching them and their caregivers the basic survival tips during and after a disaster has occurred.
Bien Mateo, Director of SM Cares Program on PWDs, said it is of utmost importance that given their vulnerabilities, PWDs and the elderly are given all the know-how to help them survive any disaster. “During these disasters, it is recognized that PWDs and Senior Citizens are the most disenfranchised and are at most disadvantaged due to their limitations on mobility and awareness. It is because of this potential scenario were are holding this conference,” Mateo said.
The Conference will be held in partnership with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the PHIVOLCS, in support of UNISDR ARISE. There will be an estimated attendance of 1,000 people, comprised of PWDs, Senior Citizens and their companions.
“We would like to invite everyone from the PWD and Senior Citizens sectors to this very important gathering. We need all the information we can get from our disaster experts and government officials in order to make us more resilient to disasters. This conference forms part of our effort to show our support for the Filipino community,” Mateo added.