Spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense in partnership with various national and local agencies, the drill seeks to strengthen the mechanism for national and regional coordination, as well as the interoperability of key players. It also aims to intensify local communities’ earthquake preparedness and increase the commitment of local government units in building safe communities.
The drill shall be graced by NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Voltaire T Gazmin, joined by NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Alexander P Pama, and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Renato U Solidum Jr. Other NDRRMC member agencies representatives and members of the media will be present as well.
The scenario is derived from the results of the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS 2004) and the GMMA – READY Project in 2014. Both detail an impact scenario of a magnitude 7.2 earthquake along the West Valley Fault (model 08, MMEIRS), the worst case scenario for Metro Manila and nearby Provinces.
“Our safety does not rest in the hands of one person or government agency alone. It rests in our very hands as we put them together on the concerted effort of building safer, adaptive and resilient communities.” said Sec Voltaire Gazmin.
OCD Regional Offices will lead the earthquake drills in their respective pilot areas. A total of 22,117 individuals from the18 regions are expected to participate in the drill. Attached is the list of the regional venues.
NDRRMC LEADS NATIONWIDE SIMULTANEOUS EARTHQUAKE DRILL
|I||Bangui, Ilocos Norte|
|II||Petron, Aparri, Cagayan|
|III||Air Force City, Clark Airbase Pampanga|
|IV A||Sta. Rosa City, Laguna|
|IV-B||Romblon Provincial Capitol|
|VIII||Catarman Province Capitol Ground|
|IX||Petit Barracks, Zamboanga City|
|XI||Camp Katitipan PRO II Compound|
|CARAGA||Tandag City, Surigao del Sur|
|NCR||SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City|
|NIR||Municipality of Hinobaan, Negros Occidental|