Local Government Profile
Makati - Philippines
Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr.
We in Makati have long been taking steps towards disaster risk reduction. We know that advance planning and preparation is the best way to minimize, if not totally eliminate, the impact of disaster on members of our communities and our properties.
Website of the city : www.makati.gov.ph
Size : 27.36 km2 sq km
Population : 2007 - 510,383
Leader Title : Mayor, Makati City Council, Vice Mayor
Government Type : Mayor–council_government
Part Of : Metro Manila
Hazards : Earthquake, Flood, Land Slide

Applying the Ten Essentials

One of the risks faced by Makati City is the occurrence of earthquake. Located at the eastern portion of the city is the West Valley Fault System which transects five of Makati's 33 barangays, namely, West Rembo, East Rembo, Comembo, Pembo and Rizal. According to the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurs, Makati would suffer human casualty of about 2,300 deaths and 7,700 injuries, 9,200 heavily damaged buildings and 16,500 partially destroyed, maximum of 53 hectares of burnt out area and displacement of 156,000 people.

Former tidal flats are also located at the western portion of Makati. Nine (9) barangays are flood-prone which includes Barangays Kasilawan, Singkamas, Tejeros, La Paz, San Antonio, Sta. Cruz, Palanan, San Isidro and Pio del Pilar. Three barangays are also identified to be near the course of Pasig River - Guadalupe Viejo, Tejeros and Valenzuela.

In addition, the City faces the potential of liquefaction and landslide.
Located in heart of the National Capital Region of the Philippines, Makati City is home to the vibrant and bustling central business district, housing the top corporations in the country, and making it the Financial Capital of the Philippines.

In 2006 then Mayor, now Philippine Vice President, Jejomar C. Binay Sr. established the Makati Command, Control and Communication (Makati C3). It oversees the City’s Emergency Operation Centre for incident monitoring, service unit coordination, integration and resource mobilization, and delivers efficient and timely medical, public safety and protection and technical rescue services.

When it was first established, Makati C3 was under the leadership of then Councillor, now Mayor, Jejomar Erwin S. Binay Jr. At the time, the city established a 3-digit access # 168 dedicated to emergencies, which is managed by the Emergency Operations Centre. The system combines Makati City’s ample assets with Barangay resources to address emergency situations and/or disasters, and facilitates networking and partnership among government agencies, NGOs and private entities. Currently, Makati C3 has trained personnel that serve as call-takers, dispatchers, technical support, administrative support staff and trainers operating in 3 shifts ensuring 24 hour service.

Over time, Makati C3 improved its technical offerings, by upgrading the Geographic Information System and video surveillance equipment, through which mobile/patrol units, ambulances, fire trucks and rescue vehicles (installed with GPS device) can be tracked on to monitor real time via Auto Vehicle Locator System. Makati C3 also enhanced its personnel and operational capabilities and standards through international engagements with organizations such as the ASEAN, INSARAG, and UNDAC. Strong linkages were also established with National, Regional, Local, and Non-Governmental organizations as well as the private and business sectors.

A Radio Dispatch System was also used for monitoring, coordination and dispatch of resources via a radio integrator consoles. The operation also incorporates a video surveillance system deployed strategically in the major thoroughfares of the city. Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity Building programs for the barangays and other stakeholders are also implemented to build safe communities.

Within the City, Makati C3 also participates in the conduct of risk sensitive land use planning and Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity Building programs for the barangays and other stakeholders in its mission to create safer and disaster resilient communities. As part of its commitments, Makati supports many other cities and municipalities through its services and aims to set up a national training centre.
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