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Lorenzana wants the public to continue participating in earthquake drills.

MANILA, Philippines — On Thursday, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana urged the public to continue to support and participate in disaster preparedness initiatives like nationwide earthquake drills.

“Ang pagpapatuloy ng mga pagsasanay na ito ang nagbibigay kapanatagan sa ating mga mamamayan na ang ating pamahalaan at buong lipunan ay may kakayahan at hindi tumitigil sa paghahanda at hindi tumitigil sa paghahanda up (NSED).

Lorenzana, who is also the chair of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), also asked the public to keep participating in the agency’s earthquake drills this year.

One hour after the video concluded, the earthquake drill had roughly 17,300 concurrent watchers and 105,432 views and 80,380 engagements.

Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic began in 2020, this was the eighth earthquake drill done online.

The NSED is a quarterly event that aims to improve the public’s earthquake preparedness.

On September 8, at roughly 9 a.m., the third quarter NSED will be held.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, executive director of the NDRRMC and administrator of the Office of Civil Defense, underlined the necessity of a coordinated effort in getting communities ready and secure.

He went on to say that public cooperation will go a long way toward helping the government accomplish its aim of safer neighborhoods.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestro Bello, Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano, Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista, Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr., Civil Defense Deputy Administrator Renato Solidum Jr., Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solidum Jr., Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Renato Solid

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