Beng thanks quake drill participants PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:21

by SHEILA COVARRUBIAS

Mayor Beng Climaco expressed gratitude to the different agencies that participated in the City Government-initiated earthquake drill Thursday to test the local government’s disaster preparedness capabilities.

She commended the various agencies that showed their support and cooperation during the 30-minute exercise that was declared a generally successful activity by observers from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology and Office of Civil Defense.

While there is still room for improvement, the exercise tested the capability of the different responders during the drill.

The mayor lauded the personnel from the Zamboanga City Police Office, City Fire Department, Task Force Zamboanga, the SAR and Emergency Medical Team, Philippine Red Cross-Zamboanga Chapter and other response teams, building safety inspection team of the City Engineer’s Office, communication groups such as D’Alert and Kabalikat, the City Security Unit and all  other agencies.

Special mention was made to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) under Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, whose office organized the activity in line with the observance of National Disaster Preparedness month.

Mayor Climaco hoped that all agencies concerned will be capable and prepared to confront challenges in times of emergencies – be they natural or human-induced.

The activity, which was the first ever to be held in City Hall also tested how fast responders can evacuate officials and personnel whose functions are very crucial in running the affairs of the government in case of an emergency situation.

The officials included Mayor Climaco, City Treasurer Soledad Li, City Budget Officer Virginia Gara, City Accountant Sylvia Binarao, City Engineer Luis Despalo and City Legal Officer Jesus Carbon. They were swiftly evacuated to lot 60 in Cabatangan passing through the stretch of Gov. Lim to Nuñez extension- Gov. Camins- Sta. Maria-    Gov. Ramos to Cabatangan.

Different scenarios were simulated such as building evacuation, subsequent fire, apprehension of intruders, first aid treatment, and search and rescue operations for missing and wounded employees among others.  CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario acted as the incident commander and was stationed at the command post set up at the Plaza Gen. Vicente Alvarez where all incident planning and tactical operations were directed. — Sheila Covarrubias