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Thousands of individuals, groups and organizations from the various sectors performed the duck, cover and hold at exactly 2 o’clock in the afternoon at the ceremonial venue as an initial response to a strong ground shaking caused by a magnitude 7.2 earthquake scenario. This was derived from the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS), identifiying potentially strong and destructive earthquakes along the West Valley Fault on the eastern side of Metro Manila and Manila Trench on the western side of Metro Manila.

As part of the National Council’s continuing campaign for earthquake resilience, the NSED is conducted quarterly not only as a display of response capacities among Local Government Units (LGUs) but also as a way to test existing plans as well as strengthen interoperability among assisting regions. During the earthquake drill, Quezon City tested their contingency plan for earthquake showcasing various scenarios namely: evacuation involving high density population, collapse structure search and rescue, fire suppression, hospital surge, and camp management. In addition to the scenarios, communications interoperability among the MMDRRMC Emergency Operations Center, Quezon City Commo Center and OCD Region I was tested.

NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana graced the event and led the ceremonial pressing of the button together with NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Constantine M Bautista, DOST DRR and Climate Change Usec Renato U Solidum, Jr., DILG OIC Usec Eduardo M Año and MMDRRMC Chairperson and MMDA Chairman Danilo Delapuz Lim.

“We encourage our people to regularly participate in our drills so that they can build their preparedness to earthquake hazards, not just here in Metro Manila but across these islands”, says Secretary Delfin N Lorenzana.

Local drills were conducted nationwide through the OCD Regional Offices. Here are the other pilot areas:

1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED)

15 February 2018

OCD Region I - Municipality of Badoc, Ilocos Norte

II - Cabatacan East Elementary School and Cabatacan National High School, Lasam, Cagayan

III - Municipal Hall, Norzagaray, Bulacan

IV-A - Brgy Ithan, Binangonan, Rizal

MIMAROPA - Nabuslot National High School, Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro

V - Sorsogon City, Sorsogon

VI - SM City Iloilo, Iloilo City

VII - Brgy Paknaan, Mandaue City

VIII - Borongan City, Eastern Samar

IX - St Joseph College Inc., Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte

X - Misamis Occidental National High School

XI - Davao CityTreatment and Rehabilitation Center for Drug Dependents, Davao City

XII - Notre Dame Village, Cotabato City

CARAGA - Nasipit Municipality, Agusan Norte

ARMM - Datu Paglas National High School, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao

NCR - NATIONAL PILOT AREA: Quezon City Memorial Circle

CAR - St Louis University, Baguio City