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PIA Press Release
2010/02/23

Davao Norte employees prepare for earthquakes

by Noel Baguio

Tagum City, Davao del Norte (23 February) -- Earthquakes can happen anytime, especially in quake-prone countries like the Philippines. But, provincial employees of Davao del Norte have shown they know exactly what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

The provincial government scored a "near excellent" rating after hundreds of capitol employees did well in exercising the standard "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" protocol during last Wednesdays synchronized nationwide earthquake preparedness drill.

Provincial Fire Marshall Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu congratulated the capitol employees for their outstanding performance.

"You scored a near excellent rating in this drill and I can say that you are definitely prepared for any sudden earthquake," Supt. Tiu told the employees, who were gathered at the Capitol's flagpole area that served as evacuation point during the exercise.

The website of the province reveals that Davao del Norte is sitting on a fault line that traverses from the Davao Gulf through the City of Tagum down to the municipalities of Asuncion, New Corella and Kapalong.

Episodic movements along this active fault line may cause earthquakes that have the potential to cause destruction of properties and even loss of life.

"Of course, strong earthquakes can happen here so we need to prepare and strengthen our disaster risk reduction in the province," says Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Coordinator and Social Welfare and Development Chief Arlene Semblante.

She said the earthquake preparedness drill could mean the difference between life and death during a future disaster, as she expressed her profound gratitude to the enormous support of the Capitol officials and employees.

Semblante urged all the Dabaonons to "practice protecting yourself during an earthquake, and to prepare for an earthquake at work, school, and home."

She stressed the importance of the drop, cover and hold on drill as it is critical for the people react quickly, since they may only have seconds to protect themselves in an earthquake. (CIO-Tagum) [top]

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