MMDA: All systems go for Wednesday’s shake drill

SOURCE: The Philippines Star by Mike Frialde

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Participants assume the life-saving duck-cover-hold moves during an earthquake drill held last year. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, File photo

Participants assume the life-saving duck-cover-hold moves during an earthquake drill held last year. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, File photo

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday said it is “all systems go” for the staging of the second Metro Manila Shakedrill or earthquake simulation on Wednesday, June 22.
At exactly 9 a.m., all radio and television stations, school bells, doorbells, church bells, sirens and vehicle horns will simultaneously be heard to signal the start of the earthquake simulation.
On July 30 last year, the MMDA held the first Shakedrill where some 6.5 million people in Metro Manila participated.
MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said all the agency’s personnel and participants are enjoined to perform the “duck, cover and hold.” Critical scenarios, such as fire, collapsed bridges and buildings, and derailment of trains, will also be simulated to see how rescue teams react and respond.
“We are making sure that no stone is left unturned to guarantee that the second Shakedrill will be equally successful and that all the challenges and problems encountered last year are now properly addressed,” Carlos said.
A siren signaling the start of the earthquake drill, will be sounded off ceremonially at 9 a.m. at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City.  Mayors of the 16 cities and one municipality comprising Metro Manila are expected to attend.
The earthquake drill will be held simultaneously in Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna. It aims to raise awareness and promote preparedness should a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Based on the map of the Valley Fault System released by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the West Valley Fault also transects portions of the four provinces.
“We hope to institutionalize this exercise so that the public may develop a culture of preparedness,” Carlos said.

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