Lobregat calls for quake drill participation today PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 13:26

By DEXTER YAP

Congressman Celso Lobregat has urged the public to go out and participate in the Nationwide Earthquake Drill scheduled today.

Lobregat expressed support to the drill saying that this simulation is also very important because Zamboanga City also experiences tremors.

“Duck, Cover and Hold procedure should be institutionalized and must be learned also by the children in schools and the constituents in general to be keen and obtain presence of mind if earthquake occurs in the city,” Lobregat said.

At exactly 9 a.m. today, sirens will sound off at City Hall which is a sign of the earthquake drill simulation. All concerned agencies will be participating and will perform the duck, cover and hold position aimed to determine their readiness in responding to fires, landslides and other disasters caused by quakes.

Last year, some 6.5 million Filipinos participated in the 1st National Earthquake drill, and Zamboanga City folks were among them.

No less than Malacanang encourages the public to participate in the second nationwide earthquake drill set today.

Meanwhile, the veteran lawmaker underlined the importance of disaster preparedness in each community in his district (District 1) which is prone to natural disasters like flooding, storm surge, landslides and other calamities during rainy season.

Now that La Niña is coming, Lobregat said that doubled efforts and preparations should be undertaken already by each barangay and activate their respective Barangay Disaster Teams especially in those calamity prone villages in anticipation of the effects.

“Anticipation and preparation are very vital in averting casualties and extent of damage during disasters, and the barangays are in the frontline in these situations, they must be prepared,” Lobregat said.

The solon added that he is in constant communication with the barangay chairman of each village in his district to obtain updates of the prevailing situation.

District 1 has a coastline dotted by barangays which are exposed to storm surge.

“These are usual scenarios and actual situations being experienced by our barangays in the city, the good planning system is there, but the immediate response, rescue equipment and disposition of would-be victims usually becomes a problem, that is why we should take more serious efforts in this matter,” Lobregat said. — Dexter Yap