2 quake drills held in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 July 2014 13:03

The city government and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) led by Regional Director Jose Eric S. Castillo, spearheaded two earthquake drills at the Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School (DLMHS), and Ateneo de Zamboanga University High School (AdZU HS) on the second day of the observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month dubbed as “Kahandaan at Kaligtasan ng Pamayanan Pundasyon ng Kaunlaran.”

Along with the OCD composing the rescue and supervising team were Mr. Allan Rommel R. Labayog of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolc), Basilio D. Uy of the Disaster Risk Management Committee-Department of Education (DRMC-DepEd) and other representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), Post-Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) team, and Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

Some 8,000 students, teachers and school personnel participated in the program simultaneously held around 8:00 am and 10:00 am in the two schools respectively.

The drill scenario was a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

“That was such a great experience. I learned a lot participating in the drill such as how will I respond and what to do when disaster comes,” was how Verlou D. Del Rosario, 26, a teacher of DPLMHS, described her feeling after the drill.

Labayog, in his short message, said, “the drill is setting up the mind of the students on how they will respond if ever earthquake may occur.”

Commenting on the students’ performance after the drill, Castillo said he has spotted some students who did not give focus and seriousness during the drill. He also noticed that some of the  school facilities such as canteen tables and chairs were improperly arranged, which according to him, “are factors that may hamper us” during an earthquake.

Castillo said the earthquake drill is in line with the national activity as the whole nation observes the disaster awareness month. And in behalf of the entire spearheading team, “I am very much grateful for your active involvement in this program,” Castillo said.

Students of the Ateneo De Zamboanga University High School joined the earthquake safety drill at the school campus in Tumaga.

The drill at ADZU started at 11:05 a.m.  A total of 1,082 students, teachers and school personnel participated in the drill. — Jonathan P. Acabo with report from King Jones C. Garcia, WMSU Masscom Journalism interns