Through the Office of Civil Defense, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spearheaded the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for the 3rd quarter on September 10, 2020.

The Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte in recognizing the importance of the drill required the employees to participate and learn how to react immediately and appropriately during earthquakes.

Earthquake strikes without warning, and it is best to know what actions to take to keep oneself safe and secure.

At exactly 2:00 pm, the siren rings across the Governor Arsenio A. Provincial Government Center indicating the start of the nationwide earthquake drill, and employees were seen executing the duck, cover, and hold position inside their respective offices before walking carefully to the exit and moving towards the designate evacuation area after the alarm was turned off.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Government continuous to observe the NESD for the government agencies to regularly assess, reevaluate and further improve their capacity in responding to emergencies such as earthquakes, as well as educating the people on what actions to take when an earthquake strikes from the shaking of the ground until it stops, including safety standards during building evacuation.

The exercise was carefully observed by the officers of the Bureau of Fire and Protection, Philippine National Police, and personnel of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Ms. Abeliza C. Manzano, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer together with Provincial Fire Director Supt. Richie Fabre and PNP Provincial Operation and Management Unit (POMU) Chief Police LtCol Jovane Cabusas, emphasized to the participants the significance of the earthquake drill. Though, it measures the capacity of the local government agencies in responding to disasters it also prepares and teaches the public on quake-safe actions.

During the drill, participants were constantly reminded to observe the minimum health protocols, such as wearing of facemask and observance of social or physical distancing.

Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo and Ms. Sittie Aminah Quibranza Dimaporo, the Provincial Administrator and the Incident Management Team Deputy Responsible Officer, thanked the employees for their cooperation and active participation and congratulated the PDRRMO, the BFP, and the PNP for the successful event. PIO-LDN