Quake-tsunami drill draws hundreds in Lamitan City PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 June 2016 11:41

By RENE V. CARBAYAS

LAMITAN CITY, BASILAN – The organizers of the Earthquake-Tsunami Drill in Barangay Bato, Lamitan City was surprised of the overwhelming participation of its residents on the conduct of the drill.

“Our target was to have 250 participants but more of the residents in this community participated in the drill,” said OCD Security Risk Officer Dionisio D. Mondejar Jr.

Brgy. Bato is one of the eleven coastal communities in Lamitan City and one of the biggest in terms of population; with over 4,000 residents.

According to the OCD, the active participation of the community in this coastal area underscored their awareness of the importance of this drill and the need to equip themselves of survival approaches as they have already experienced first-hand the wrath of tsunami as a result of the Moro Gulf earthquake in 1976.

Furthermore, it can also be attributed that prior to the conduct of tsunami drill in barangay Bato, the CDRRMO and the OCD also initiated Community-based Disaster Risk Management orientation to give the community a deeper understanding on the hazards of tsunami.

Moreover, 211 households in this barangay are recipients of the DSWD’s 4Ps and they have already heard of emergency preparedness or disaster preparedness procedures during one of their family development sessions.

“Ibig sabihin tumalab sa kanila ang message na mag-establish ng public awareness and emergency preparation sa part ng community. Dahil hindi lamang nila dapat iasa doon sa responder ang kanilang survival (This means that the message has hit the community well in terms of public awareness and emergency preparations, i.e. not to rely only on responders to suvive),” Mondejar stressed.

One of the DRRM plans is to see to it that they are able to survive within 72 hours and not to relay solely on relief operation of the government because of possible delays of supplies and relief operation.

OCD-Basulta said the Earthquake-Tsunami Drill is one of the government’s mechanisms in providing capacity-building to all the communities in the coast line areas in the region, especially the tsunami-prone areas, on how to respond to emergency situations and attain the NDRRM’s target of zero-casualty.

The event was spearheaded by the Lamitan CDRRM in partnership with the Office of Civil Defense-BASULTA and other stakeholders such as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Army (PA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), Philippine Information Agency, Philippine Red Cross, Malunggay Fire Rescue, Department of Health (DOH), City Social Welfare and Development and the city government of Lamitan. (RVC/PIA-BASILAN/with reports from Angela Corazon B. Lazaro-Ledda)