THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will hold its first Metro-wide earthquake drill on July 30 as part of preparations for the ‘Big One.’
However, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said electricity and phone signals will no longer be cut as earlier planned.
The drill, to start at 10:30 a.m., will be joined by all sectors.
“We expect an all out participation of schools, hospitals, malls, call centers, government offices, among others,” Tolentino told reporters after meeting with Metro mayors.
Rescue teams will also simulate the evacuation of people to designated evacuation areas.
These teams will conduct simultaneous mock evacuation drills at the Veterans Golf Course for the North Sector, Villamor Airbase for the South Sector, and Intramuros for the West Sector.
Tolentino said the drill is part of the agency’s commitment to ensure disaster preparedness especially during earthquake.
Areas covered by the North Sector are the cities of Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon and Quezon. The cities of Navotas, Manila and Pasay form the West Sector, while the South Sector includes the cities of Makati, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Las Piñas and the Municipality of Pateros.
Oplan Metro Yakal is MMDA’s earthquake contingency plan that seeks to enhance the preparedness of government and private organizations during emergencies.
It is complementary and supportive to the disaster preparedness and response plans of the 17 component local government units (LGUs) of Metro Manila.