National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

27 March 2019

Legazpi City – Some staff of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) 5 joined the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill for 2019 held on 21 February at exactly 2 PM to show the support of the Branch to the national initiative.

Conducted by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) as the lead agency along with other national government agencies like the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the drill aims to evaluate the effectiveness of contingency plans and protocols in relation to earthquake scenarios.

“Earthquake exercises or drills are enormously vital for every worker or employee as part of assessing the efficiency of preparedness plan,” narrated Administrative Officer III Roslyn Borcelis.  “This teaches us how to respond to the difficulties of an actual earthquake.  It helps us evaluate how well our emergency plans work together and how well we respond to these emergencies.  It will also help us to immediately protect ourselves during earthquakes.”

“Foremost objective of the drill is to facilitate timely and appropriate response when the actual quake does occur.”

The drill was conducted at Capt. F. Aquende Drive, this City fronting the Branch Office.  The signal of the start of the exercise was a long continuous siren from a fire truck.  This indicates that an earthquake is ongoing hence the participants should drop to the ground and take cover under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture.  One must also hold on to a table leg or desk as if a major earthquake were really happening and stay down for at least 60 seconds.  It was also advised to stay away from walls or under it.  Afterwards, the participants went out the building in a calm manner with hands over their heads.   They went out the door without panicking and converged in an open area were no power lines are likely to cause electrocution and buildings that might collapse that may do more harm than good during actual earthquakes.

After the drill, a short message from the OCD was conducted wherein the RDRRMC exercise was explained and further instruction on how to properly do the emergency response was given.

The basic response in earthquake scenarios are to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON.

The slogan of the exercise is to be a hero by being prepared during emergencies and joining the simultaneous drill. – fin



Prepared by:                                                             APPROVED FOR RELEASE:



EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                            REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                     Regional Branch Director