PHINMA Property Holdings Corporation (PHINMA PROPERTIES) has renewed its partnership with Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivocs) on earthquake-readiness training for all its residents, in efforts to bolster the disaster prevention and preparedness program among its real estate sites.
The two parties met recently at the Phivocs office in Quezon City to map out plans to continue holding earthquake-readiness workshops and drills for all PHINMA PROPERTIES real estate projects. PHINMA PROPERTIES and Phivocs have been partners in earthquake preparedness since 2005, five years before the recent outbreak of tremors and earthquakes in the country.
PHINMA PROPERTIES President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said, “On top of PHINMA’s strict compliance with structural regulations in developing project sites, as responsible developers we want to make sure our residents and occupants are prepared for disaster situations.”
Phivocs said that PHINMA PROPERTIES is the first and only private real estate developer that has sought Phivocs expertise on earthquake-preparedness for the occupants of their development sites. This shows the company’s dedication and concern not just for quality but for safety of its buyers. The company is also the first and only triple certified developer in the country with triple ISO certification for the Quality, Environmental and Occupational Safety & Health Management System. As part of their evaluation process, PHILVOCS’ technical team conducted a review of the design and structural plans of PHINMA PROPERTIES’ projects and verified the structural integrity the developer’s load-bearing buildings as early as 2005. Based on their standard procedures, the company’s condos were found to be very stable structures.
“We are hopeful that this collaboration with Phivocs will prime all PHINMA PROPERTIES residents in the eventuality of a strong earthquake,” Engineer George Richard Siton, PHINMA Properties Vice President for Operations added.
Phivocs Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista said, “We hope to make their program self-sustainable this time so that they may conduct regular earthquake-readiness trainings on their own.”
Meanwhile, Ma. Mylene Villegas, Phivocs Chief for Geologic Disaster Awareness and Preparedness, said that “it would be good for property developers to have a disaster preparedness program for their occupants like what PHINMA PROPERTIES is doing.”
“A disaster-preparedness program for building occupants after the sale of units is ideal, especially for mid-rise and high-rise buildings. Buildings may be structurally sound and well-planned for disasters such as earthquakes and fires. But if the occupants do not know what to do during disaster situations, it defeats the purpose,” Villegas explained.
Grant Orbeta, Vice President for Marketing and Design stated, “We have to take earthquakes seriously or lives will be lost. Our condos involve load-bearing walls that are designed under strict international standards. We cannot gamble with the safety of our clients and residents that’s why we are seeking the help of experts on earthquake-readiness.”
PHINMA PROPERTIES also conducts other disaster prevention and readiness seminars for their residents and has put in place a property management group that constantly monitors the needs of its communities.