Duck, Cover, and Hold – the employees calmly ran and covered their heads as National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) held an earthquake drill last July 24, 2017 at Bislig City Hall in consonance with the National Disasters Month with the theme “ 4Ks Kamalayan Sa Kahandaan Katumbas Ay Kaligtasan”.
Jointly coordinated by the National, Regional, Provincial, and City Risk Reduction Management Council in collaboration with various local and national government agencies, the “Payanig sa Bislig Drill” seeks to intensify the LGU’s earthquake preparedness and strengthen the commitment of local government in building safe communities.
Evaluators headed by Engr. Evelyn B. Sererado from the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) observed the entire exercise and conducted their assessment with regards to the conducted earthquake drill. As mentioned, LGU-Bislig was able to perfectly execute the six phases of the actual conduct of the drill – Alarm Phase, Response Phase, Evacuation Phase, Assembly Phase, Head Count Phase, and Evaluation or Termination of the Drill which in turn leads into a very satisfactory rating, “Higher than the previous earthquake drill she had observed”, Ms. Sererado said.
Participating drills, exercises and advocacies as part of the continuing effort of the government is definitely of great help in enhancing preparedness and raising awareness among employees thereby making them tough and ready enough to face any man made or natural disasters.