Mighty Corporation’s CSR arm, Wong Chu King Foundation Inc. (WCKF) has been supporting the seismic retrofitting of historic churches in Philippine provinces following the earthquake that damaged historical and religious structures in Bohol and Cebu last October 2013.
The foundation has been assisted the renovation of the roofs and ceiling of several churches in the country such as Diocesan Shrine of Immaculate Conception Church in Naic, Cavite and the reconstruction of the Basilica Minore of Our Lady of Piat Church in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
“Churches are also symbols of strength and hope for Filipinos. To see a church survive earthquakes and other calamities can easily uplift the spirits of our people,” said WCKF General Manager James Vincent Navarette.
“The devastation brought about by the recent Visayas earthquake has firmed up our advocacy to build more churches and strengthen the Filipino faith,” he said.
“However, we also understand that this is not enough. We have to make sure that the design and structure of these buildings, particularly the old and existing ones, are safe and resistant to calamities such as earthquakes.”Navarette said.
For those who didn’t know seismic retrofitting, it is the process of remodeling structures to make them more resistant to damage brought about by earthquakes and other seismic activities. Also, retrofitting aims to design, build, and maintain structures to comply with building codes and withstand seismic effects while sustaining an acceptable level of damage.
The WCKF foundation has been renovating churches since 2009.