Quake drills held in Metro villages

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THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will hold “Metro shake” drills in various subdivisions, particularly those situated near the West Valley Fault, as part of its earthquake preparations.

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MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the quake drills will allow residents to experience a strong quake and teach them how to prepare.

He said security officers will be given priority because they and MMDA personnel will spearhead the holding of drills in their subdivisions.

“Although we have a mobile earthquake house to use, we can’t do the drill simultaneously so it should be one at a time,” Tolentino said.

The MMDA chief said the agency has received thousands of training proposals from various sectors.

“We are happy to note the patriotism of our people. The overwhelming response from potential volunteers shows that we Filipinos are indeed compassionate people,” Tolentino said.

The MMDA chief earlier said the agency is in need of 8,000 rescue volunteers who will be deployed should a strong quake shakes Metro Manila.

The call for 8,000 able-bodied men and women to form the Metro Manila Rescue Volunteer Corps (MMRVC) was launched through the Be Prepared Metro Manila website.

Interested applicants may sign up online. They must be 18 years old or above, male or female, and willing to undergo a three-day earthquake response and rescue training to be conducted by the agency.

He said volunteers will be clustered according to their skills so that they know what duties they will perform.

“Names of volunteers will be posted on the be prepared Metro Manila website. This way, we are hoping to encourage more applicants to sign up,” Tolentino said.

Tolentino said the MMDA has received numerous requests for the conduct of earthquake preparedness and disaster response trainings from various sectors such as religious, education,and business.

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