First ever quake drill held in Basilan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 March 2012 13:49

For the first time in the history of Basilan, an earthquake drill was held yesterday with the Office of Civil Defense BASULTA as the lead agency in partnership with the provincial government headed by Governor Jum Abkar.

The Office of the Civil Defense responded to a request to conduct its National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill in the Provincial Capitol of Basilan. Led by the Operation-in-charge of OCD-BASULTA Jenner Pandan and his team, other offices of the province joined in the drill as one of the highlights of its 38th Anniversary Celebration or Pakaradjaan 2012.

The earthquake drill is being conducted in accordance to the advice of the national government through Usec. Benito T. Ramos, administrator, OCD and Executive Director, NDRRMC which mainly aims to mitigate the effects of the natural and man-made calamities and to practice the preparedness of the people in case of disasters.

According to Pandan, the activity was a response to the request of Governor Akbar to be part of the culmination of the 2nd Pakaradjaan. and in partnership with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), ARMM BASULTA, Philippine National Red Cross, Bureau of Fire, Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine News Agency, Sulu Sea Risk Reduction Initiative, DepEd, PNP, AFP, PENRO, DSWD, DILG and Pagdilaab who joined the drill in the Provincial Capitol of Basilan.

The OCD BASULTA rated 80% for the performances of all stakeholders. It is good grade considering it is their first time to have this kind of activity in the province. A participant named Aldis Hallang who works with the Provincial Health Office also rated their own performance with excellence.

“Malaking tulong ito para sa amin dahil kami rin ang makikinabang nito pagnagkaroon man nang di inaasahang pangyayari,” Aldis said.

Provincial Administrator Eng. Tahir I. Latip said, as a start, this activity helped a lot to the people of the province of Basilan.

“Hopefully we can conduct more of this kind of activities with Basilan, to build resilient communities. We want to make the people more aware and we will create more awareness. I salute all the people behind this effort,” Latip added.