More than 115,000 people participate in 3Q quake drill in Cordillera

BAGUIO CITY -– Office of Civil Defense–Cordillera Regional Office (OCD-CAR) director Andrew Alex Uy on Wednesday, September 28 said more than 115,000 individuals braved the rainy weather in the region to participate in the “3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (3QNSED).”

The 3QNSED commenced at exactly 9 a.m. on Wednesday with all participating schools, government agencies and private sectors simultaneously joining the drill aimed to focus on the proper execution of duck-cover-hold position and practice of orderly evacuation procedure.

Uy reported that there were 14,284 individuals who participated in the Province of Abra; 6,435 in Apayao; 13,144 in Benguet; 5,300 in Kalinga; 500 in Ifugao; and 8,431 in Mountain Province.

There were 66,820 participants in Baguio City where 95 percent of the participants were students from the different colleges and universities, elementary and high schools.

Uy said the OCD-CAR is aiming to test the existing evacuation plans of schools and agencies, to boost the earthquake preparedness and to test the regional early warning and communications system.

Personnel from Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Air Force (PAF), Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Baguio City Chapter, volunteer groups such as the Baguio-Benguet Public Information Civic Action Group (BB-PICAG) and 911 On-Call were deployed as umpires to assess the evacuation plans of the schools and offices.

OCD-CAR used a scenario of magnitude 7.2 earthquake generated by the Tubao Fault located in the Province of La Union.

According to PHIVOLCS, once the active fault moves, it may prompt strong quakes measuring up to Intensity 8 (very destructive) in Benguet; Intensity 6 (destructive) in Mountain Province and Abra and Intensity 5 (strong) in Apayao and Kalinga.

The NSED is a regular activity spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in order to promote a culture of safety among the people. Jojo Lamaria/