BAYAWAN CITY, March 15 (PIA) – Urban villages, schools, and private establishments in Bayawan City are urged to take part in the city-wide earthquake drill dubbed “The Big One” on March 24 at 3:00 p.m. in the city.
The city government through the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (CDRRMC) will hold the drill to assess the capabilities of disaster response and disaster preparedness.
According to the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer II Siegfred Kent Uy, scenarios such as road accidents, river crossing, fires and tsunami incidents are designated in different areas of the city that will give information and prepare the people if these incidents will happen.
The coverage of the drill will be from Negros Oriental State University Bayawan-Sta. Catalina Campus which is the boundary of Sta.Catalina town and Bayawan until in Barangay Pagatban, the boundary area of Bayawan and Basay town.
The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is one of the evaluators that will critique the drill to give assessments for the improvement of the city in terms of disaster preparedness.
LDRRMO II Lester Jay Camarillo added that since the city has not identified yet the evacuation centers, they will use the city plaza and an open area in the public market as immediate evacuation centers for the drill.
The activity is headed by DRRMC in partnership with the Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Air Force, Bureau of Fire, Land Transportation Office. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental with reports from Jude Ann Empeño & Jessa Marie Tinapao, NORSU)