The 3rd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill was successfully conducted on 02 July 2014 with the City College of Tagaytay, Tagaytay City as the ceremonial venue. The Earthquake Drill was initiated under the direction of the Office of Civil Defense IV-A and the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council IV-A (CALABARZON) through joint efforts with the Tagaytay City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Tagaytay City DRRMC headed by Mayor Agnes Tolentino.
The drill was participated in by around 2,500 students and faculty members of the College and the different government disaster and emergency responders from the CDRRMCs of Tagaytay, General Trias, Trece Martires and the town of Alfonso, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Philippine Red Cross. Providing insights as observers and evaluators to assess and evaluate the preparedness of the school as well as enhance the disaster awareness of the students are selected officers and representatives from the Office of Civil Defense – Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council 4A member agencies, and the local DRRMOS.
The registration of guests, observers and evaluators started at 8:00 A.M. and was followed by a final briefing at 8:30 AM. A joint pushing of button by the City Administrator Engr Monreal and OCD 4A Regional Director Vicente F Tomazar to sound off the alarm signaled the start of the EQ Drill. The Drill lasted for more than an hour.
In closing the activity, congratulatory messages were delivered by the City Administrator Engr Gregorio Monreal and OCD 4A Regional Director Vicente F. Tomazar while the College Administrator Mr. Edgardo Castillo expressed his appreciation for selecting the school as the venue for the EQ drill and for the valuable observations which enhanced the disaster awareness of the students and faculty alike and will serve as reference in upgrading the readiness of the school.
The event was covered by the different media organizations for print, broadcast and television.
Antipolo City, Rizal– The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office/ Office of Civil Defense (RDRRMC- OCD) IV-A, in partnership with the Rizal Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and Antipolo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMO) would be conducting its 1st NSED at Bagong Nayon II Elementary School in Barangay San Isidro, Antipolo City, 19 March 2014.
The earthquake drill would be conducted to assess and evaluate the preparedness and readiness of the school in times of disaster. Moreover, the drill would also serve as a venue to showcase the capabilities of the responders to react to certain earthquake scenarios provided. This is one of the government’s initiatives in enhancing the preparedness of schools through supervised earthquake drills and evacuation plan formulations particularly those living within hazard prone areas and near critical infrastructures.
Antipolo City would serve as the Regional ceremonial venue for RDRRMC’s 1st quarter earthquake drill. Bagong Nayon II Elementary School has approximately 6,300 students, making it an ideal venue for the said drill. Series of coordination meetings and evaluations were conducted with Dr. Ferdinand B. Millan, Bagong Nayon II school principal and other school authorities to ensure that the event would turn out smoothly. In addition, a scenario would be provided by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP IV-A) to evaluate how the participants would respond to such situation(s).
The activity would be overseen by RDRRMC Chairperson, Director Vicente Tomazar along with the four Vice-Chairpersons of RDRRMC: Director Josefina Castilla-Go (DILG IV-A), Director Alexander Madrigal (DOST IV-A), Director Agnes Espinas (NEDA IV-A), and Director Leticia Diokno (DSWD IV-A). Members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PNP, BFP, DepEd, DOH, DPWH, and PIA), responders, Rizal PDRRMO, and Antipolo CDRRRMO would also be present during the event.
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