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Iloilo studes, employees join earthquake drill

Iloilo City (18 June) -- Students and employees of the Central Philippine University in this city went outside their classrooms and rushed to the football field after hearing the buzzer on Friday morning, June 18.

The rush to the football field, designated to be the evacuation area was in response to the scenario of an earthquake drill which the CPU participated in with 15 other schools in Western Visayas.

The exercise is in line with the conduct of the 2nd quarter Simultaneous Nationwide Earthquake Drill for 2010 spearheaded by the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council 6 and the Office of the Civil Defense 6.

The drill was done in an assumption of a magnitude 6 earthquake causing the occurrence of fire, damaged structures, telephone and electrical power lines, and mass casualty.

Among the response groups that participated in the exercise were the Bomb Squad and the SWAT teams of the Iloilo City Police Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, Iloilo City Action Group, Federation of Iloilo Fire Volunteers, and ROTC volunteers for emergency response.

CPU President Dr. Teodoro Robles, together with OCD 6 Director Rose Cabrera, Engr. Jose Papa of the Iloilo City Emergency Response Group and Col. Daniel de la Cruz, Group Commander of the 6th Regional Community Defense Group, observed how the CPU disaster management and emergency response teams carried out the earthquake drill.

Papa and de la Cruz were also with the evaluation and assessment teams.

Cabrera said the activity was being conducted to generate the highest level of awareness on the government disaster preparedness program.

For his part, Robles said that "it is important that we the public should know how we should react to disasters. We should not depend on those who are designated as first responders because it would be difficult for them to do their job if we do not know what to do".

De la Cruz said the drill needs improvement but nevertheless lauded the activity, saying "this exercise is really very good so we could see and assess if the school disaster management committee is really prepared in the event of calamities and disasters". (PIA) [top]

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