MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Alexander on Wednesday adjudged the 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill and National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) as a success.
The former, who is also the concurrent Office of Civil Defense administrator, said this is his personal and professional opinion.
“It was a success in the context that the objective for the exercise, which is to create awareness among our countrymen (of possible earthquake scenarios) has been achieved,” he added in Filipino.
In addition, the need for ordinary Filipinos to cooperate and coordinate with government agencies and local government units in case of calamities has been highlighted and given some practice during the drills..
While the Philippines has obtained experience in the conduct of nationwide emergency drills, Pama said it is still early for the country to proceed with the so-called unannounced earthquake drills due to its “complications”.
“(Unannounced drills) are very complicated and could lead to problems or trouble if conducted so soon,” he added.
It could also prove disruptive to the economy as the exercise could delay business operations if done too realistically.
Pama said the country will stick for now to the pre-announced emergency drills as this were proven very effective in reducing organized confusion.
This year’s earthquake drill formally started 9:00 a.m. at the GHQ Grandstand, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Wednesday.
It seeks to seeks to strengthen the mechanism for national and regional coordination, as well as the inter-operability of the key rescue players.
It also aims to intensify local communities’ earthquake preparedness and increase the commitment of local government units in building safe communities.
The earthquake scenario is derived from the results of the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS, 2004) and the GMMA-READY Project in 2014.
Both studies detail an impact scenario of a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake along the West Valley Fault (Model 08, MMEIRS), the worst case scenario for Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Priam Nepomuceno/PNA/Tammy Delos Reyes/OJT/northboundasia.com