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Parts of the country are experiencing earthquakes in various magnitudes and intensities, causing panic and fear among Filipinos, as well as damage to lives and properties.

Once again, it’s bringing to light “The Big One,” or the magnitude 7.2 earthquake predicted to hit Metro Manila unexpectedly. While the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) has clarified that the recent quakes will not trigger tremors from the deadly quake’s source, West Valley Fault, authorities are advising everyone to prepare for the worst.

Enter Metro Yakal, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) five-year old operational plan for when The Big One hits the metro.

It outlines not only the responsibilities of local government units, it also details the areas across Metro Manila where affected residents can go to for safety.

To speed up and organize evacuations, MMDA has divided Metro Manila in four quadrants. Below are the designated evacuation centers for affected residents.


  • Caloocan
  • Valenzuela
  • Quezon City
  • San Juan
  • Mandaluyong

Evacuation center/s:

  • Veterans Memorial Golf Course
  • University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman


  • Pasig
  • Marikina

Evacuation center/s:

  • Marikina Boys Town
  • Red Cross Compound
  • PhilSports Arena


  • Manila
  • Malabon
  • Navotas

Evacuation center/s:

  • Intramuros Golf Course


  • Las Piñas
  • Makati
  • Muntinlupa
  • Parañaque
  • Pateros
  • Taguig
  • Pasay

Evacuation center/s:

  • Villamor Air Base Golf Course

Local government units can also tap athletic fields, sport arenas,  memorial parks, churches, and gyms as evacuation areas.

For more details and updates, follow PhiVolcs and MMDA on social media. 


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