Earthquake-readiness drill amid ‘Big One’ fears

October 06, 2018
Earthquake Drill
EARTHQUAKE DRILL -- The Division 3 office of the NIA-UPRIIS led by manager Engr. Jose Ariel G. Domingo holds a one-day disaster and earthquake readiness seminar supervised by the Cabanatuan city disaster risk reduction and management office. Photo shows the participants including the CDRRMO trainors in front of the Division 3 building after the activity last Friday. Photo by Steve A. Gosuico

CABANATUAN CITY --  Be prepared always.

With this in mind, the Division 3 office of the National Irrigation Administration-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation Systems underwent here on Friday a one-day disaster and earthquake readiness seminar under the close supervision of the city disaster risk reduction and management office.

Amid fears of the so-called “Big One,” and the occurrence of typhoons and other calamities, Division 3-UPRIIS manager Engr. Jose Ariel G. Domingo cited the importance of holding simulation exercises for the safety and readiness of his employees in workplaces like the National Irrigation Administration here.

“Kami lang sa Division 3 sa UPRIIS ang nagpasimula nitong earthquake safety drills, noong nagpa-drug test ako sa mga empleyado last year, sumama sila sa operations manager office ni Mr. David noon,” Domingo told this reporter.

In seeking the assistance of the CDRRMO led by chief operations officer Ricky Ventura in holding the personnel enhancement seminar, Domingo said his employees were taught about the basic life support training, including first aid application and evacuation drill briefings on fire, earthquake, and typhoons.

During the seminar, Ventura said people must at once be wary of the surroundings upon entering any type of building for any eventuality like the occurrence of an earthquake.

“When inside, always spot for the strongest part of the building like its four corners, and be ready to duck, cover and hold under tables, chairs or any hard surfaces that can protect your heads, and when outdoors, go to an open area, and never hide under trees and electric poles or near buildings with glass windows,” Ventura advised.

He stressed that the key to effective disaster safety and prevention is planning.

“Always ahead ka dapat sa pagpaplano, lagi kang mayroong nakahanda na survival kit sa bahay, in case of lindol o anumang kalamidad,” Ventura said.

Aside from Ventura, Domingo said the other CDRRMO lecturers were Princess Riosa, Glenn Agustin and Angela Vicente, who were trained by the Office of the Civil Defense in handling rescue and disaster preparedness missions.