By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY, March 10 (PIA)---The Office of Civil Defense 9, in collaboration with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Zamboanga del Norte and Dipolog City recently conducted a regional simultaneous earthquake drill.
The half-day exercise, participated by nearly 1,000 students of Galas National High School, and disaster responders aimed to minimize the impact of any disaster to a community and prevent loss of life and damage to properties, including infrastructure and agricultural products.
It did not only focus on earthquake but also on other disasters that may happen like fire and tsunami.
Extending support to the activity were the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Department of Health as responders while the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and PhiVolcs participated as evaluators.
OCD-9 Representative Dr. Victor Bernido acknowledged the support of the school management and participants for the success of the activity as he urged everyone to seriously consider their learnings and be always prepared, especially in times of crisis and emergency.
Bernido also hoped that disaster preparedness would be integrated in the students’ curriculum to make everyone in the community resilient to calamities.
Galas NHS Principal Dr. Amelinda D. Montero, noted the observations of the evaluators and vowed to comply with their suggestions to make the school resilient to all kinds of disaster. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)