Huwebes, Hulyo 5, 2012

Nationwide earthquake-fire drill set in Pasig Central Elementary School

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will be conducting a simultaneous earthquake-fire drill for public schools on Friday, June 29.

This is part of the government’s continuing efforts in enhancing the nation’s capability in disaster prevention, management, and response

In the National Capital Region, Pasig Central Elementary School in Barangay San Nicolas, Pasig City will host the ceremonial drill.

With more than four thousand students and faculty members to participate in the activity, the drill is expected to showcase the students' and school personnel’s preparedness in times of disasters such as earthquakes as they demonstrate the PHIVOLCS-reinforced “Duck, Cover and Hold” position, and quickly evacuate to designated open space.

Simulating a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, the drill will also show the manner and procedure to be used by disaster response groups in times of calamity.

Members of the Pasig City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council such as the Pasig City- Bureau of Fire Protection, PNP- Pasig City Police, Pasig City Health Office, and other local search and rescue groups will demonstrate how the local government will respond to the disaster.

The National Earthquake-Fire Drill is also part of the continuing implementation of the NDRRMC’s Four Point Plan of Action on Disaster Preparedness particularly on public information, education, communication, and preparedness for response.

Pasig City Mayor Robert Eusebio will open the activity and welcome the guests, while Secretary Voltaire Gazmin of the Department of National Defense will be the event’s guest of honor.

Also expected to grace the activity are Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin A. Luistro, PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr., and Office of Civil Defense Undersecretary Benito Ramos. 

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