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PIA Press Release
2009/02/25

Simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill set on February 27

Tacloban City (February 25) -- The conduct of 1st Quarter 2009 Simultaneous Nationwide Earthquake Drill is on February 27, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning, NDCC Executive Officer Glenn J. Rabonza informed through a memorandum dated February 10.

This is pursuant to the pronouncement and instruction of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo after the 1st Nationwide Earthquake Drill on June 20, 2006 for earthquake drills to be conducted on a quarterly basis.

In the same pronouncement and instruction, President Arroyo also ordered to further expand the participation to government and private offices and establishments, until such time it is perfected and people's reaction during and after an earthquake become second nature to prevent casualties.

All local government units, local disaster coordinating councils, government agencies, private and public schools are enjoined to conduct similar activities in their respective areas of responsibility, on Friday, February 27 at 8:30 in the morning.

The objective of the quarterly earthquake drills is to make the public aware of what to do in case an earthquake occurs in order to prevent casualties.

Local government units, private and public school, government agencies and establishments may call on the Office of Civil Defense or the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council in their respective regions for assistance on the proper conduct of the Earthquake Drill.

The synchronized nationwide earthquake drill is a part of the effort to strengthen disaster risk reduction in the Philippines. (PIA 8) [top]

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