MMDA to hold quake drills in Bulacan, Laguna

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The successful earthquake drill held in Metro Manila on July 30 has inspired the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to hold similar shake drills in nearby provinces whose areas are also traversed by the 100-kilometer West Valley Fault.

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Simultaneous quake drills will be held on September 8 in Norzagaray and San Jose del Monte in Bulacan and in San Pedro, Biñan, Calamba and Cabuyao in Laguna.

The MMDA said the drills aim to raise awareness and promote a culture of preparedness should a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Just like the #MMshakedrill, an earthquake alert will be sounded off at 10:30 a.m.
Participants will be instructed to perform the “duck, cover and hold” technique.
They will then be evacuated to designated areas.

Life-threatening aftermath scenarios, such as fire, collapsed buildings, people trapped in cars and homes will also be staged to see how rescue teams respond.

Based on the map of the Valley Fault System released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and and Seismology (Phivolcs), the West Valley Fault also transects portions of Bulacan (Doña Remedios Trinidad, Norzagaray, San Jose Del Monte City); Laguna (San Pedro City, Biñan, Sta Rosa, Cabuyao, Calamba); Cavite (Carmona, General Mariano Alvarez, Silang) and Rodriguez, Rizal.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino stressed the importance of regularly holding earthquake drills to instill a culture of preparedness.

“While natural disasters cannot be prevented, mitigating measures can be put in place so that we can reduce the casualties and injuries as well as the impact on the economy,” Tolentino said

On July 30, up to 6.5 million people and organizations participated in the
Quake drill held in all 17 local government units in Metro Manila.

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