MANILA — Cognizant of the need for disaster preparedness, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is getting ready for the simultaneous 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill on June 22.
The 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill will be held at around 9 a.m., simultaneously with the national government’s Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill on the same day.
The DILG’s Patrol 117 spearheaded the conduct of a briefing on the earthquake drill among more than 100 personnel from the DILG and the National Police Commission (Napolcom) on Friday at the 27th Floor of the DILG-Napolcom Center in Quezon City.
Representatives from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) discussed the possible injuries that may be encountered during emergency situations like wound, splinter, sprain, and burn. They also demonstrated the proper way of giving first aid treatment to injured persons.
Patrol 117 Director Edgar Allan Tabell explained that the intention of the shake drill is to learn the right first aid when faced with the actual emergency situation.
“Ang scenario sa 9 a.m. June 22 na shake drill ay magkakaroon ng 7.2 magnitude na lindol. Kapag nangyari ito ay magkakaroon ng intensity 8 na ground shaking,” Tabell said.
He added that during the shake drill, the Guadalupe Bridge in Makati City will be closed for two hours so heavy traffic is expected to happen in some key Metro Manila areas, particularly those traversed by Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
“Kung sakaling mangyari sa totoong buhay ang 7.2 magnitude na lindol, babagsak hindi lamang ang tulay ng Guadalupe kundi marami pang mga tulay sa Metro Manila ang apektado. Kaya dapat talaga nating paghandaan itong maigi,” Tabell stressed.
Also as part of the shake drill preparations, selected DILG personnel have been assigned to special working committees.
Among the committees formed for the shake drill are the Marshals, Communications, Documentation, Attendance and Security. Those assigned under each committee are given specific tasks to carry out before, during, and after a possible 7.2 magnitude tremor.
“Dahil ang DILG ang vice chairman sa disaster preparedness, nararapat lamang na seryosohin natin ang shake drill sa darating na June 22 at maging handa talaga tayo sa sakuna,” Tabell said.
Earlier, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos encouraged residents of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to join the 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill to be prepared when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts the country.
”The six million participants last year is not enough. Every sector must be involved. We need to engage the 14 million residents of Metro Manila. We need to engage the residents of Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna,” he said.
The shake drill has been organized with the help of several partners, including local and regional disaster risk reduction management officers, information officers in Metro Manila, and different media organizations.
MMDA has launched the web website //www: mmshakedrill.ph. as well as the #mmshakedrill for social media.
The website will also detail the “Oplan Metro Yakal Plus,” MMDA’s disaster contingency plan drawn up for the regional disaster response.
To ensure the maximum public participation, the website will feature instructions on how to sign up as participants, whether by individual or by group, in the 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill.
“We want to reach out to a lot of people,” Carlos said, noting that students and employees are used to doing earthquake drills, while residents are not.
The website will contain vital information on survival when the “Big One” hits Metro Manila.
”They will be able to get all the answers that they need here. All the procedures that we are going to do and all other data like Oplan Metro Yakal,” Carlos said.
Just like last year’s shake drill, Metro Manila will be divided into four quadrants – East, West, North and South — where both government personnel and rescue volunteers will be setting up command and control centers.
As part of its preparations, the MMDA will be permanently placing 20-foot container vans in the four quadrants in Metro Manila where command and control centers will be set up to facilitate the deployment of resources and rescue personnel.
Currently, the East Quadrant command center is located at the Light Rail Transit (LRT-2) train depot in Santolan, Pasig City; the North Quadrant at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City; the South Quadrant at Villamor Air Base in Pasay City; and the West Quadrant at the Intramuros Golf Course in Manila. Christopher Lloyd Caliwan / PNA / northboundasia.com