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PIA Press Release
2010/02/20

Emergency management, a must for everyone - OCD

Baguio City (20 February) -- A natural calamity might strike anytime and a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) is important in our daily life to avoid danger.

Director Olive Luces of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Cordillera stressed that emergency management is a continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage risk in an effort to avoid the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards.

She explained that the Philippines is located in the ring of fire and is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions which are associated with nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic belts and plate movements.

In the Cordillera alone, there are four active faults - the Tuba River Fault and Tebbo Fault in Itogon, Benguet; Abra River Fault and Bontoc Fault in Mt. Province Faye Apil of the Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau informed.

Earthquakes always occur on faults. Faults are places in the earth where the rocks are broken and the rocks on one side have moved in some direction relative to the other, Apil explained.

To minimize risks and damages, Luces said DRM should be part of our daily life in whatever we do. It should be a general practice of having drills specifically earthquake and fire drill in educational and business establishment, she said.

Practice makes perfect as they say and in so doing we correct our mistakes so that when a disaster struck we know what do and with presence of mind we can be able to handle the situation, Luces said.

Meanwhile, a nationwide earthquake drill was held Wednesday last Week. In Baguio City, the site for the exercises was the Saint Louis University which has the highest number of students in the city.

Observers from the Baguio Benguet Public Information Civic Action Group(BBPICAG), Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Baguio Chapter and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Cordillera commented that with the big number of students, the access roads are narrow clogging and adding panic during urgent situation.

Practice makes perfect as they say and in so doing we correct our mistakes so that when a disaster struck we know what do and with presence of mind we can be able to handle the situation, Luces said. (PIA) [top]

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