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NDCC conducts simultaneous earth-quake drill on February 27

by Edgar B. dela Cruz

Manila (26 February) -- The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Office of Civil Defense will conduct a the 1st Quarter CY 2009 simultaneous nation-wide earth-quake drill to prepare the people in facing and cushioning the unpredictable blows of nature and reduce if not avoid such tragic circumstances and in the process will save countless lives. The activity will be done on February 27, 2009 at 8:30 in the morning.

1st Quarter CY 2009 simultaneous earthquake drill is in compliance to National Disaster Coordinating Council Memorandum dated February 11, 2009 and instruction of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that the 1st Nationwide Earthquake Drill should be conducted on a quarterly basis and further expand the participation to government and private offices and establishments until such time it will be perfected.

Simultaneous earth-quake drills will be conducted on quarterly basis and further expand the participation of different government, private offices and establishment nationwide to further enhance the capability of all personnel in responding to any emergency situation which may occur within the office.

It is also aimed to ensure safety among personnel in times of emergency, promote concerted action among Disaster Action Team members before, during and after the occurrence of a calamity, contain the situation in order to minimize extent of damages to lives and properties and to develop disaster preparedness as a way of life not only in the office but also at home.

It is also important to train people on earthquake preparedness in order to be informed on what to do before, during and after an earthquake. An important way to prepare is to practice how to respond when earthquakes occur through regular conduct of an earthquake drill. A drill requires planning and designing of evacuation procedures as well as orienting the communities on how to stage the drill. Earthquake drills are simple and easy to do; it only requires good planning and constant practices.

In an orientation and organizational meeting called for the province, South Cotabato PDCC Chairman and Provincial Governor Daisy P. Avance-Fuentes ordered offices and establishments in the province to organize Disaster Action Team to respond to any emergency arising in the area and submit it to the PDCC office in compliance of the NDCC Memorandum.

Earthquake drills in the province were spearheaded by the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) which supervises all programs and projects on disaster managements.

South Cotabato Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council has garnered the Hall of Fame in the Kalasag Award for the Best Disaster Prepared Province in the whole country. (aca/PIA 12) [top]

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