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PIA Press Release
2007/09/27

Over 1500 join NDCC-Phivolcs tsunami drill at Tolosa

Tacloban City (September 27) -- More than 1,500 residents, both young and old, of Barangay San Roque, Tolosa joined the tsunami drill in the morning of September 26 under the supervision of the Office of Civil Defense Region 8 and the PHIVOLCS.

Specifically, the drill was confined at Purok 7 of Barangay San Roque. The route going to the evacuation area passes through Zaragosa Street.

When the siren was sounded and the bells were rang; and while the siren or bell was ongoing, the school children performed "duck, cover and hold" under desks, tables or chairs.

When the siren stopped, the people in the households and the children together with their teachers evacuated the households and classrooms and using pre-determined routes using the signages, going to the safe evacuation area.

It took the people quite some time, about 25 to 30 minutes to negotiate the foot path going to the evacuation area is location on a hill or an elevated clear area.

When all the evacuees were already in the evacuation area, the barangay officials and the teachers had a head count on the number of people who are in the evacuation area.

The Office of Civil Defense then, guided the people to evaluate the just concluded drill to determine the loopholes and the shortcomings so that the next time a drill is conducted, the people will do better.

The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) through the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 8 and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is implementing tsunami community-based early warning system activity through the conduct of tsunami preparedness lectures and tsunami drills for two pilot barangays in Leyte province. One of the pilot barangays is Barangay San Roque in Tolosa. The other one is Barangay Bulak in Abuyog.

The tsunami community-based early warning system activity is a component of the Hazards Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (READY Project).

Aside from the OCD and RDCC which was represented by Director Salvador Escudero and Director Olive Tiu, the PHIVOLCS staff headed by Dr. Leonila Bautista and Erlinton Olavere, the Barangay officials headed by Barangay Chairman Luisito Lirios and several observers from the municipalities of MacArthur and Tanauan, and members of the media were also present to document the proceedings of the tsunami drill. (PIA 8) [top]

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