THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Region 6 and other government agencies joined the 2019 First Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill last Feb 21, 2019.
Iloilo City was chosen as the national pilot for the activity. More than 1,000 participants gathered in five major areas in the city – John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University-Arevalo Campus, SM City Iloilo, Megaworld, Iloilo Mission Hospital and Iloilo City Hall.
This year’s Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) began with the ceremonial pressing of the button at the Iloilo Dinagyang Grandstand.
“We should welcome the preparedness advocated by our government to reduce the potential risk of disaster to our people,” said DOST-PHILVOCS Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr.
Department of National Defense Undersecretary Reynaldo Mapagu stressed in his keynote speech that readiness is the key to success whether in times of peace or war. Through quarterly drill, plans can be assessed and improved to make it more efficient, responsive and accurate to address sudden occurrence of earthquake.
The First Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill simulated a magnitude 8.2 earthquake. Under such magnitude, the shaking would last for more than a minute and it would be impossible for a person to stand up. This was the same earthquake strength when “Lady Caycay” rocked Panay Island in 1948.
Participants successfully executed proper Evacuation procedures, set up Emergency Operation Centers, Emergency Medical Response, and Clearing and relief operations.
“The Department of Tourism Region VI supports activities that capacitate our employees to be disaster resilient. Readiness and promptness is being taught and practiced in our Department may it be in times of disaster or even in our daily office activities,” said Regional Director Atty. Helen J. Catalbas. (MJE)