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PIA Press Release
2009/10/13

Capiz sets earthquake drill October 14

by A. Lumaque

Roxas City (13 October) -- A provincewide simultaneous earthquake drill has been set by the Capiz provincial government through its Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) on October 14 to test the awareness and preparedness of the school administrators and school populace during earthquake situations.

"About 45 private and public schools provincewide are expected to participate in the tremor exercise," said Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Provincial Civil Defense Officer Ana Gangoy.

The quarterly disaster preparedness activity is in collaboration with the OCD and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) to minimize loos of lives and property in case of disasters.

The drill supports the call of Malacaņang to Filipinos to make disaster-risk management a part of their consciousness to prevent loss of lives and property damage.

Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez said barangay officials should disseminate information on impending disasters. But ordinary citizens should learn to look after themselves during typhoons, earthquakes, and other natural calamities.

Golez noted that when a family is well-informed and prepared against a calamity, they are not likely to panic, thereby preventing loss of lives and damage to property.

In a press briefing, Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, Jr. said that weather abnormalities are now the norm, citing that Philippines, despite El Nin'o prediction, is experiencing extreme wet condition.

Yumul underscored the importance of disaster risk management, pointing out government money being spent for relief and rehabilitation could have been spent in health and food. He attributed the abnormal weather conditions to climate change. (PIA) [top]

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