• AFP prepares troops for disaster

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    THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continues to train soldiers on disaster readiness as part of the country’s preparation for the possible shifting of the West Valley Fault that may trigger a powerful earthquake, a military official said over the weekend.

    Lt. Colonel Harold Cabunoc, head of the AFP Public Affairs Office, said disaster responders continue to undergo skills and development training.

    Earlier, the AFP’s Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) conducted an Earthquake and Landslide Search and Rescue Orientation drill (ELSAROC) to ensure that the AFP will be able to respond and provide aid to communities around Camp Aguinaldo should a strong quake occur.

    Cabunoc said AFP troops are also preparing for floods and other calamities. In May this year, AFP officers and enlisted personnel underwent Flood Incident and Response Training (FIRST), Emergency Response Training (ERT) and Incident Command System (ICS) Training.

    The JTF-NCR also has several disaster response programs that will be implemented once a disaster or calamity strikes around Camp Aguinaldo.

    Cabunoc said the military, as the first disaster responder in Metro Manila, is aiming for a zero casualty.

    July has been declared as National Disaster Consciousness month.

    In observance of the event, all military personnel in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo participated in an earthquake drill.

    The AFP will also join the metro-wide earthquake drill to be staged by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on July 30.

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