During a damaging earthquake, life protecting actions must be taken immediately. There will be no time to decide what to do next; everyone must already know how to react appropriately. After an earthquake, rescue actions such as emergency evacuation or first aid administration are necessary. These are the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council’s aims and goals for the residents of Lanao del Norte, and to the employees of the Provincial Government and its Municipalities. And on September 27, 2017 a Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) was done at the Municipal Hall of Kolambugan.
The Municipality of Kolambugan was chosen to be the pilot Municipality of this NSED. The PDRRMC evaluated the Local Government Unit of Kolambugan if they are capable and ready in case of an earthquake occurs. The drill was spearheaded by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, OIC Mr. RamelitoTubongbanua in cooperation with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council led by Ernesto Valle, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Kolambugan Emergency Response Units and the Philippine National Police.
The official time of the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill began at exactly 2PM. Prior to the commencement of the nationwide drill, the PDRRMC, BFP, KERU and PNP conducted a Pre-Earthquake Drill simulation in the morning. This is to rehearse the proper actions and behaviour of the municipal employees when an actual earthquake takes place. More than 60 employees of the Municipal Hall joined the drill.
A Siren signifies the start of the drill. The people inside the building are taught to duck, cover then hold then tasked to form a line with hands covering their head and proceeds to the exit straight to the evacuation areas as fast as possible avoid panicking and disorder. Vice Mayor Beltran Lumaque leads the municipal employees by seriously joining the drill.
This month of September earthquakes have been the headline in the news, outside our country last September 19 and 23 two earthquakes occurred that damaged Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla and Oaxaca in Mexico and locally Sunday September 24, 2017 a 5.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the province of Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur this calls for concern and that the people of Lanao del Norte should be ready if such strong earthquakes might happen.
The PGLDN receiving the Gawad KALASAG Award last August 10, 2017, is a proof that the province of Lanao del Norte is equipped and fully capable in dealing natural disasters, the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative prepares the whole province to be ready in case of strong magnitude earthquakes or natural disasters. The PDRRMC will train and create a knowledgeable and resilient community that can withstand catastrophes and ready to rise up to the occasion with the support of Governor Imelda “Angging”Quibranza-Dimaporo, mother and leader of the Province of Lanao del Norte, “The Land of Beauty and Bounty.” PIO-LDN