As part of the Metro Manila Shake Drill on June 22 that simulated a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, a car on fire was dropped at the Alabang Viaduct, with the Muntinlupa City response team rushing to the area for a simulated emergency response to victim-actors who took roles as injured persons.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi and Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office chief Analyn Mercado led the shake drill and served as the commanding officers of the response team composed of the MCDRRMO, Bureau of Fire Protection, and other member agencies of the Disaster Council.
The response team assisted in the extrication of “victim”pinned by slabs and beams of a collapsed bridge, toppled vehicles. A ladder rescue and fire suppression were also performed during the drill.
Muntinlupa Public Information Officer Teresita Navarro said the shake drill in Alabang Viaduct was successful with an estimated turn around response time of nine minutes from the response team consisting of medics, clearing operations group, rescue operations team, and traffic management.
Navarro added that schools and business establishments also participated in the Metro-wide Shake Drill in their own assigned evacuation centers.
Fresnedi said he hopes that this will be a regular event for the city to prepare residents for calamities. The local executive said the city government will continue to intensify its campaign on disaster preparedness not only on earthquakes but also for other disastrous events.
With eight of its nine barangays situated along the West Valley Fault, Muntinlupa has taken a pro-active preparedness in the event of a major earthquake.