Development of Practical Tools for Vulnerability and Safety Evaluation of Houses in the Philippines
Hiroshi Imai*1, Akitoshi Nishimura*4, Angelito G. Lanuza*2,
Henremagne C. Penarubia*2, Ronald S. Ison*3,
Miriam L. Tamayo*3, Ishmael C. Narag*2,
Renato U. Soridum, Jr.*2, Hiroshi Inoue*1, Junzo Sakuma*5,
and Kenji Okazaki*6
*1National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), 3-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
*2Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVLOCS), Philippines
*3Association of Structural Engineering, Philippines
*4Seismic Research Office, Japan
*5Sakuma Architectural Studio, Japan
*6Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
The safety of non-engineered construction is an urgent concern, because it is a primary cause of human casualties. The first step in disaster risk reduction is to understand the risk. For earthquake disaster risk reduction, it is critical that the stakeholders, such as government officers, masons, contractors, community leaders, and residents/house owners, understand the earthquake risk, or damage estimate for their houses. To reduce earthquake disaster risks, residents and house ownersmust understand these risks and take responsibility for necessary actions with technical advice from professionals. Therefore, simple seismic evaluation methods were developed as awareness tools for non-engineered houses in the Philippines.
-  ASEP, National Structural Code of the Philippines, 2010.
-  The Japan Building Disaster Prevention Association, “Let’s check your house for Japanese wooden house.”