By Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) claimed it has accomplished its target of boosting the public’s readiness for a strong earthquake with the termination of Metro Manila – wide shake drill a day ahead of schedule.
The four-day earthquake drill that started Friday afternoon was supposed to end on today, Monday morning but was terminated at 12 noon yesterday to pave the way for the assessment meeting set by MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.
Ramon Santiago, MMDA public safety consultant, said the national government, down to barangay levels and stakeholders were able to test their emergency response capabilities during the three-day drill.
“In Pasig, a terror attack while an earthquake is happening was simulated. This is what we call staged scenarios with players testing their procedures and resources. Participants were able to test how they manage the event,” said Santiago during the agency’s radio program over DZBB.
Other scenarios were fire occurrences, vehicular accidents, building collapse, rescuing of trapped persons, giving of medical attention to injured individuals, liquifaction, bridge collapse, landslide, among others.
Unlike previous drills, Santiago said participants were not prepositioned but started at ground zero.
“Some participants came from their offices, engaged in evacuation of persons from a collapsed buildings,” said Santiago.
Santiago admitted that were able to note some lapses and gaps during the drill that they hope to improve in the future.
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