I always go to Google Translate whenever I encounter non-English words or sentences. This translation tool from Google is perfect for my personal use even though I read negative comments about it. Some people say that Google Translate doesn’t give the correct translation. What’s worse is that it can’t translate idioms in non-English language.

Google Translate is good enough for personal non-professional use but this tool will be a disaster if used by professionals and corporations. If this is the case then what should professionals and organizations use to translate their documents? The answer is hiring a translation agency.

Aside from obvious advantages compared to free translation tools, the following are the reasons for hiring professional translation agencies:

1. Professional translation agencies offer specialized services for various fields (i.e. legal, medical, technical, and financial).

2. Professional translation agencies offer translation services for a wide range of languages. Rosetta Translation, which is a professional translation agency, offers translation for 23 languages.

3. Compared to free translation tools, professional translation agencies have team of highly qualified experts like translators, proofreaders, and editors.

4. Professional translation agencies provide services that are tailor-made for their clients. This is means that clients will get translation results that fit their needs.

5. Professional translation agencies are strict in quality control and adhere to international standards. This guarantees that clients will high quality translated documents that meet their requirements.

There are more reasons to hire professional translation companies but the ones I listed on this post should be enough to convince you to ditch free translation tools.  Don’t go to Google translate for your professional translation needs. Go to professional translation agencies.


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 Previously, I posted about the portion of Marikina Fault Line that passes through Alabang, Muntinlupa. That post contained a map from the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and a short list of places that were traversed by the fault line.

Now, let us see another area in Metro Manila that is affected by the Marikina Fault Line. This area is the city of Taguig and the southern portions of Makati City.

PHIVOLCS fault line map for Makati City and Taguig City
PHIVOLCS fault line map for Taguig City and Makati City
PHIVOLCS fault line map for Taguig City
PHIVOLCS fault line map for Taguig City

According to this PHIVOLCS fault line map, the Marikina Fault Line passes through the following areas in Taguig City:

1. Barangay North Signal Village
2. Area between Maria Reyna ng Apostoles Church and Heritage Park
3. Barangay Pinagkaisa
    - Sto. NiƱo Village
    - Wildcat Village
    - Palar Village

The Marikina Fault Line crossed the boundary of Taguig and continued to Makati City in these areas:

1. Barangay Rizal
3. Barangay Pembo
    - Area just east of Pembo Elementary School

The red lines on the PHIVOLCS fault line map above indicate the location of the Marikina Fault Line. To better understand the meaning of the red lines, please read this legend:

PHIVOLCS fault line map legend

The map I posted here can be viewed and downloaded from the PHIVOLCS website. In addition to the PHIVOLCS fault line map, I also used Google Maps and Wikimapia data for this post.

It is scary to know that your house or workplace sits on or near the Marikina Fault Line. The fear is compounded by the fact that PHIVOLCS said that the Marikina Fault Line is ripe for movement. This means that a big earthquake will happen any time.

I hope that the city governments of Taguig and Makati take a serious preparations for the big earthquake. Residents, for their part, should also do some preparations like strengthening their homes or moving to another place that are far away from the Marikina Fault Line.


Do you wish to know if your house stands on or near the Marikina Fault Line? I suggest that you read the following posts:

PHIVOLCS Fault Line Map for Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Index Maps of Marikina Fault Line
Areas Affected by the Big Earthquake of the Marikina Fault Line

You should also read PHIVOLCS’ tips on how to be prepared for earthquakes.

I also recommend Nababaha.com’s map of Marikina Fault Line because it overlaid the fault line on Google Maps.