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PIA Press Release
2010/02/18

Isabela OCD, RDCC hold Q1 earthquake drill

Santiago City, Isabela (February 18) -- The Cagayan Valley's Office of Civil Defense and the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (OCD-RDCC) spearheaded the conduct of the first quarter nationwide earthquake drill.

The activity is conducted regularly every quarter to continue creating awareness to the public to minimize damages to life and property and to ensure readiness of disaster officials.

No less than the newly-installed OCD Regional Director and Executive Officer of the RDCC Ms. Norma Talosig supervise the simulation earthquake drill.

The activity was conducted at the Santiago City National High School where faculty, teachers and students joined the drill including members of the Bureau of Fire, Philippine National Police and the city's health, public order and safety, engineering, and disaster management team of Santiago City.

Faculty, teachers and students participated during the drill and the rescue team of the city government made the activity as if it is real one.

A Fire truck and ambulances rung their sirens going inside and in bringing the injured to nearest hospitals and traffic officers are manning the streets to make the traffic flow in order.

First aid teams put up an area where they give first-aids to injured students and listing down the names of students that were missing, trapped or injured.

While the activity is not really a real one, the OCD chief said that the execution is good enough to note that school and LGU officials should be reminded of their important roles whenever there are really calamities to hit the place.

“This activity reminds of our readiness in times of calamities”, Talosig said during the post-activity assessment.

The OCD chief thanked the school management for doing their share to make the activity successful. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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