𝐊𝐎𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐃𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 -The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – 12 (DENR-12) joined the First Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) at 2:00 P.M. today, March 9, 2023, in response to the call of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).
In his message, regional executive director (RED) Atty. Felix Alicer emphasized the importance of being vigilant in times of disaster. “What is important is we have to be alert in times of disaster that might confront us in the future.” RED Alicer said.
During the First Quarter NSED, the DENR 12 Regional Office, its two line bureaus -Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) - 12 and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) - 12, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs), and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) conducted a simultaneous Earthquake Drill where employees performed the “Drop, Cover and Hold” countermeasures which are considered as an appropriate action to reduce possible injuries and casualties during earthquakes.
In addition, employees were encouraged to practice their evacuation procedures, do a headcount once in their designated evacuation areas, and report to the designated safety marshals for further documentation. After accounting for all drill participants, everyone went back to their offices.
NSED is a quarterly exercise organized by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense. It is conducted quarterly to assess the preparedness of the Filipinos for earthquakes and develop their culture of disaster resilience considering that the Philippines is prone to earthquakes due to its location in the “Pacific Ring of Fire.”
DENR-12 adhered to the purpose of the activity to make the employees earthquake-ready and promote the effective application of the quick response by training employees on proper and effective evacuation procedures. (𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘙𝘚𝘊𝘐𝘎, 𝘔𝘎𝘉-12, 𝘌𝘔𝘉-12, 𝘗𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘚𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘩 𝘊𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘰, 𝘗𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘚𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘢𝘯 𝘒𝘶𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘵, 𝘗𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘚𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪, 𝘊𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘔𝘪𝘥𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘱, 𝘊𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘛𝘢𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘊𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘉𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘢, 𝘊𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘒𝘪𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘢, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘊𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘎𝘭𝘢𝘯) | 𝘙𝘚𝘊𝘐𝘎𝘑