OCD-6 REITERATES THRUSTS OF SIMULTANEOUS QUAKE DRILL
COORDINATION MEETING. Office of the Civil Defense Western Visayas Regional Director Jose Roberto Nuñez welcomes stakeholders during the second national coordination meeting for the first quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill. The meeting was held at the Ker and Company Building in this city, on Thursday (Jan. 31, 2019). (Photo by Perla Lena)
ILOILO CITY -- The nationwide simultaneous earthquake drills (NSED) facilitated by the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) aims to strengthen “self-help, mutual-help and public-help” efforts on disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM).
This was underscored by OCD 6 (Western Visayas) Director Jose Roberto Nuñez during the second national coordination meeting on Thursday afternoon in preparation for the first quarter NSED, held at the Ker and Company building here as Iloilo City was chosen as the national pilot site.
The NSED is slated afternoon of February 21 that will highlight five major areas in the city. These are Barangay Santo Niño Sur Arevalo where the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University is situated, SM City, Megaworld, Iloilo Mission Hospital, and the Iloilo City Hall.
The drill expects to gather 5,000 to 8,000 participants from the five sites alone.
“When all of these efforts are optimally executed, a society becomes resilient against disasters,” Nuñez said.
He said “self-help efforts” are done by every individual such as knowing the evacuation routes, preparing emergency bags and strengthening their houses.
The “mutual-help efforts” are initiatives done by community-based organizations, such preparing a risk map of the community, conducting evacuation drills, and helping each other at evacuation camps.
“Public-help efforts” are those being done by the government for DRRM. These include improvement of public infrastructure for mitigating risks, raising public awareness, keeping emergency equipment, providing search and rescue operations, managing evacuation camps, and implementing measures for recovery.
In a previous interview, Donna Magno, head of the CDRRM Office (CDRRMO) said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology wanted to particularly raise public awareness regarding the frequency of the occurrence of big events.
The drill will also serve as a window to showcase the preparedness of the city.
During the meeting, Darwin Papa, also of the CDRRMO, disclosed that a representative of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program will be coming over to observe the Iloilo drill. (PNA)