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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


The Disaster Management Office (DMO) is coordinating with all the schools in the city, all the departments and offices under the City Government in preparation for the Simultaneous Nationwide Earthquake Drill on Friday, February 27, 2008 at 8:30 in the morning.

A memorandum from the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 3 (RDCC3), in reference to the memorandum from the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) that this is pursuant to the pronouncement and instruction of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after the 1st Nationwide Earthquake Drill in 2006. “Earthquake drills should be conducted on a quarterly basis and further expand the participation to government and private offices and establishments,” the memo quoted the President.

The coordination meeting was attended by key representatives from all the departments and offices inside the City Hall Complex. DMO Research and Planning Chief Irvin Paras discussed the stages in conducting an earthquake drill, while Engr. Frances Eduarte from the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) laid out the updated evacuation plan for the whole building. Exit points were designated and open space areas were identified to ensure a safe and orderly evacuation.

DMO Chief Angelito Layug also reiterated that exercises such as this will be more effective if done regularly, if possible on a quarterly basis. “Mahirap mag-panic pag may emergency situations,” Layug said. “Mas maraming nasasaktan pag naunahan tayo ng panic,” he added.

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. will lead the employees in the said drill. “Preventive measures such as an earthquake or a fire drill should be conducted not only in schools but also in other public buildings,” the Mayor said.

The neighboring establishments and the public surrounding the City Hall Complex are forewarned not to panic and be alarmed once they hear the sound of the bell and witness a commotion in the building premises.

WARNING: This is just a drill.


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