In line with its efforts to boost its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) during calamities, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) participated in the Metro-wide earthquake drill Thursday spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
Col. Noel Detoyato, AFP public affairs office chief, said this is in coordination with the National Capital Region Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils and the MMDA.
He said joining the drill will ensure that militaryresponders and facilities will be effective in handling situations related to natural calamities, particularly a magnitude 7 earthquake which may originate from the West Valley Fault here.
Detoyato said this is also in accordance with the AFP’s existing HADR Contingency Plan “Pagyanig”.
The Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) will be taking the lead in all of AFP HADR efforts around Metro Manila in support of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and other line agencies.
To prepare its troops, the JTF-NCR had its Earthquake and Landslide Search and Rescue Orientation Course (ELSAROC) in June “to ensure that we will be able to respond to communities here that might be affected,” Detoyato said.
The AFP also had its three-day humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercise (HADRX) from July 22 to 24 which brought together 100 participants composed of personnel from the training audiences (AFP Battle Staff, HADR Crisis Action Team, Unified Commands, Major Services, and AFP-Wide Service Support Units), Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), panelists, facilitators and support staff. PNA