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PBBM and other officials participate in the national earthquake drill

The National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for the first quarter of 2023 was engaged in by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and other cabinet members.

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The Malacaan Palace hosted the earthquake drill, which got underway at two o’clock.

Hubert Guevara, the senior deputy executive secretary, Antonio Ernesto Lagdameo Jr., the special assistant to the president, Eduardo Ao, the national security adviser, and Benhur Abalos Jr., the secretary of the department of interior and local government, were all with Marcos.

While there is still no way to foresee when earthquakes will occur, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) earlier urged the public to participate in earthquake drills to reduce casualties.

The government encourages disaster preparedness and resilience among Filipinos by holding nationwide earthquake drills four times a year.

These are precautions or practices to follow in case of an earthquake:

— Maintain composure and perform the “Duck, Cover, and Hold” maneuver within buildings;

— Hide underneath a sturdy table and grab onto it. Keep an eye out for any hazards;

— Avoid touching large things, bookcases, and glass windows;

— Exit the building and get to the designated evacuation area as soon as the shaking stops;

— While outside, find a space that is open and steer clear of structures, trees, electric posts, and regions that are prone to landslides;

— Stop the car you’re in if it’s moving and get out.

Robert Borje, vice chair and executive director of the Climate Change Commission (CCC), stated that the government is “doing everything it can” to improve the nation’s emergency readiness and reaction during earthquakes in December of last year.

With the creation of the Program Management Office for Earthquake Resiliency of the greater Metro Manila area and the mandate to guarantee that all government preparations for a major earthquake are adequately coordinated, former President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order No. 52 in 2018.

To increase the nation’s earthquake resilience, guarantee public safety, and maintain government continuity, EO 52 stipulates the institutional tasks and responsibilities of government entities.

To be ready for the “big one” or the worst-case scenario of an earthquake from the West Valley Fault, the government has been conducting earthquake drills on a regular basis in Metro Manila.

The Pacific Ring of Fire, a section of the Pacific Ocean marked by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes, includes the Philippines.

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