Local Government Profile
Hazard and vulnerability profile
Philippines has been identified as one of the most vulnerable countires to climate-related disasters. More than 20 typhoons visit the country each year and about five active fault lines have been identified, that is why it is not surprising that Philippines has been included in the top ten climate hotspots of the world. Being at the heart of Metro Manila, Quezon City is prone to the following disaster risks:
Quezon City is within the catchment area served by a network of rivers and creeks. The City has five river systems with 44 tributaries, making about 78 areas in 35 communities prone to flooding when these rivers overflow.
Traversing in the City's eastern portion is a fault line called the Marikina Valley Fault System, identified as one of the country's most active faults. 7 out 21 kilometers of the fault line pass through Quezon City, making 9 local communities or around 15,800 families vulnerable to earthquake risks.
Fire and Epidemic
With informal settlers living in highly condensed areas, Quezon City is also vulnerable to epidemics, such as the rapid spread of dengue virus. Each year, more than 5,000 dengue cases are recorded in the City, and with its increasing population, this number is also bound to increase.
The City also experiences high number of fire incidents especially in the most congested areas of City. Around 900 fire-related incidents are recorded per year, most of which occur during the summer months.
Disaster Risk Reduction Activities
The Quezon City Government's strategies are geared towards adaptation and protection, with continuing programs to:
- Reduce our constituents' vulnerability to disaster risk
- Reduce the overall carbon emission of our city
-Adapt sustainable practices in building construction
All these aim to ensure a better future for our people.
The recent typhoons pushed the City Government to pursue with more earnestness an urban development framework anchored on disaster risk minimization and environmental managment. The continuing challenge to the City Government is to balance the needs of urban development, with the just as important need for preserving and maintaining its green spaces. While still endowed with the widest open spaces of Metro Manila, its fast-growing and mostly young population exerts tremendous pressure to the city's environment. Now, climate change considerations and disaster-risk mitigation guide the city's new zoning policies, and housing and resettlement program for the poor.
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