LGU tests disaster preparation, efficiency anew PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 April 2016 12:11

The blaring of the City Hall siren at exactly 9am Thursday signalled the start of an earthquake drill in offices located in City Hall and Pettit Barracks government complex, held simultaneously with other cities and provinces nationwide.

City Government workers in City Hall headed by Mayor Beng Climaco executed the drop, cover and hold technique and later evacuated to a safer area using the a designated route.

The earthquake drill Thursday was the second since the July 30, 2015 exercise. An independent group composed of Office of Civil Defense personnel did the evaluation of the exercise.

Mayor Climaco underscored the importance of earthquake drills noting the frequency of earthquake incidents not only in Mindanao and other parts of the country but in other parts of the globe as well. “We must take these drills very seriously.”

She thanked the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the OCD, PHIVOLCS and other concerned agencies for organizing the earthquake drill in the city simultaneous with other areas in the country.

In times of earthquakes, residents must also watch out for advisories, seek open spaces and coordinate with barangay officials and authorities particularly for those staying near coastal areas, according to the mayor.

She likewise tasked CDRRMO head Dr. Elmeir Apolinario to closely coordinate with agencies concerned to intensify the conduct of information and education campaigns to effectively prepare the residents in times of disasters.

Meanwhile, Apolinario said the earthquake drill was well executed but there is room for improvement to make evacuation faster.

The nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill was part of the government’s efforts in enhancing preparedness and awareness and to familiarize employees with drop-cover-hold technique in case a strong earthquake hits the city or any part of the country.

All offices – both local and national – located in Pettit Barracks also participated in the exercise. — Sheila Covarrubias