Public urged to join Metro quake drill

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Malacañang on Saturday asked the public to participate in the earthquake drill to be held by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on June 22.

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In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the drill will train everyone how to respond to natural emergencies like an earthquake.

“Ang mahalaga dito ay ‘yung kasapatan ng kahandaan ng ating mga mamamayan (What is important is that we are prepared),” Coloma said.

The MMDA will be the lead agency in this undertaking and it will be supported by other agencies like the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

According to the MMDA, the second “shake drill” will simulate the aftermath of a 7.2 magnitude tremor.

One of the scenarios to be simulated in the drill that starts at 9 a.m. is the collapse of the Guadalupe Bridge in Makati City.

The MMDA will place 20-foot container vans in the four quadrants in Metro Manila where command and control centers will be set up to facilitate the deployment of resources and rescue personnel.

The quadrants are located at the LRT-2 train depot in Santolan, Pasig City; Veterans’ Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City; Villamor Airbase in Pasay City; and Intramuros Golf Club in Manila.

The vans contain medicines, rescue equipment, tents and other materials needed for rescue and emergency response.

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