Tagum City—With all the recent shakings happening in Mindanao which reached to 6.6 magnitude, the city government through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDDRMO) conducted an earthquake drill this morning in participation to the 4th Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill.
At exactly 9 o’clock, the earthquake alarm system of the government center which is operated manually, was triggered to signal the occurrence of earthquake. With the CDRRMO team on watch, LGU employees were ushered and assisted the right way of escaping danger to the designated evacuation area.
During the assessment of the CDRRM officers, they pointed out that drills such as this must be deemed serious. According to Jules Earl Gazmen, the focal person of the Early Warning System, “Sa nakita namo, ok man, pero i-encourage nato nga magpraktis pa jud kay naay uban dili seryoso nagconduct sa drill… but we are encouraging ang tanang tao mag-apil sa drill nga maging serious kay ato man gud gina-praktis ang tinuod nga mahitabo sa ginatawag nato nga the big one.” (As we have observed, its ok, but we encourage everyone to practice for there were others who did not take the drill seriously… but we are encouraging those who will join the drill to be serious because we are simulating the reality of The Big One.”
Meanwhile, the city DRRM is consistently conducting Information Education Campaign (IEC) to strengthen the community awareness campaign about the risk bears by The Big One. They also conduct earthquake drills to different schools and barangays in the city.
The said drill seeks to intensify the local communities’ earthquake preparedness and strengthen the commitment of local government units in building safe communities. Moreover, this tests the people’s alertness and readiness to natural disasters such as earthquake. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum
The employees of city government of Tagum participating in the 4th Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill happened at 9’oclock in the morning at the New City Hall of Tagum. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum