The Office of Civil Defense and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IV-A headed by Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar observed a pilot community Tsunami Drill spearheaded by the Batangas City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council held at Brgy. Mabacong, Batangas City, July 13.
The said drill was participated by more or less 800 citizens of Brgy. Mabacong, one of the coastal barangays of Batangas City headed by Chairwoman Ana Antido and nearby coastal barangays; Brgy. Isla Verde and Brgy. Pagkilatan.
The drill focused on how fast the community evacuates to higher ground and to test the barangay’s Tsunami Early Warning Systems as part of its disaster risk reduction and management plan.
The excercise was observed by different governmental agencies namely; Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Batangas City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Philippine Red Cross and OCD RDRRMC IV-A.
A dialogue and evaluation took place between the locals and the evaluators after the evacuation drill made by the evaluators for improvement and to suggest steps to fortify the preparedness of the barangay for tsunamis and storm surges.