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May 30th
First Letter to the PeDRO Dated March 11, 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 11:15
Dear New PeDRO Chairman Gil Mislang and PeDRO Cofounder/First Chairman Bing de la Vega: 1.0 Today's catastrophic quake in Japan should be another warning for the Philippine government to undertake a massive and rapid earthquake-preparedness program and retrofitting of tall buildings, especially in urban centers, among other measures that it could implement to mitigate the damages and destruction to life and limb should a similar quake happens in our homeland. 1.1 I have been telling since September 2005 the Philippine government of the need for such preparations but to no avail. Please read an article that I wrote in October 2010, which carried the hyperlinks to the earlier articles: 2.0 If I may suggest respectfully, perhaps the Philippine Emergency Disaster Relief Organization (PeDRO), Inc., should concentrate its efforts and resources in initiating such earthquake-preparedness program and inspection of buildings by a combined task force of Filipino-American engineers and architects. This way, we can prevent more deaths and unnecessary injuries and/or destruction. Disaster relief -- after the tragedy or disaster has happened -- is merely the personification of the Tagalog adage, "Aanhin pa ang damo kung patay na ang kabayo?" 2.1 If the PeDRO officers and members do not want to spearhead the said move to initiate the said earthquake-preparedness program and inspection/retrofitting of buildings in the Philippines, then perhaps we should use its resources and donations by Filipino-American community organizations in buying tens of thousands of body bags and shipping them to Metro Manila and other urban centers. At least, when the catastrophic foretold tragedy happens, the dead can be buried easily with the body bags on hand. 2.1.1 I quoted in one of my articles then-Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales, who said in June 2010, that more-than 3,000 individuals would die should a 7.2 earthquake hit Metro Manila. The 8.9-magnitude quake in Tokyo today measured 8.9, which is 1,700-% stronger than a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. 3.0 If you accept the above-mentioned proposal, then I can discuss with you a more-systematic way of raising the funds to do the said suggestions and how to coordinate matters with the Filipino-American Engineers and Architects Association, among other possible participants in a Coalition of the Willing. For your perusal and consideration, Very respectfully yours, Lolo Bobby M. Reyes Charter Member, PeDRO and Editor,

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