The search comes on the heels of the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) last February 21 conducted by the PDRRMO in partnership with MDRRMO and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Alabel.
The drill in Sarangani was participated in by 3,300 people in the Municipality of Alabel, particularly the Alabel National High School, Alabel Alliance School, Municipal Public Market, and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Alabel.
The NSED has been conducted quarterly per year since its full implementation in 2011. Hence, in Sarangani, the administration of Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon has strengthened the disaster preparedness of its component municipalities.
The drill targeted an impact scenario of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake. The whole duration took 4 minutes and 44 seconds, from (1 minute) shaking up to gathering the survivors in the evacuation area.
“Very well. To me, I am satisfied, considering na first time nga siya dito sa public market. Though nakita natin na halos hindi lahat nag participate, pero understandable yan siya sa unang pagkakataon,” PDRRMO Operations Section Chief Robert Lubonting said.
The PDRRMO will still be conducting next drills in Alabel Public Market until they could perfectly execute the ‘Duck, Cover, and Hold’ procedure and up to transferring people in the evacuation area.
Lubonting said in the assessment that “for them to participate seriously, we are trying to propose especially to the BFP during renewal ng business permit, medyo magiging istrikto sila sa pagbibigay ng fire safety certificate.”
“Kung hindi nila i-take seriously, lisud gyud. Kahit kami, tini-take seriously namin yang drill,” said OIC-BFP Alabel SFO4 Von Sancho.
On the other hand, the drill at schools in Alabel was perfectly done and close to 100%, according to the PDRRMO.
The directives of the Department of Education to their curriculum to practice drills really have a great impact, according to the observation of PDRRMO. This is their third time to conduct in Alabel schools.
Jobert Ritas, a Grade 12 student, said “nindot siya. Kung mahitabo jud ang linog ug naa mi sa skwelahan, mahimo namo ang ‘duck, cover, and hold’.”
He added, “cooperate lang ang tanan ug seryosohon gyud,” to invite others to participate. (Donna Mahusay/SARANGANI COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE)