Follow the Boy Scout Motto “Laging Handa” in order to ensure the safety of everybody during and after a calamity– Governor Cerilles
Last November 5, 2018, the 4th Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill and World Tsunami Awareness Day was successfully held in Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur as the National Ceremonial Venue.
The said drill was participated by government and private agencies, AFP, PNP, EOD, Philippine Coast Guard, different Hospitals in the city, ZAMSURECO-1, PCWD, coastal barangays and schools of Pagadian, NGOs, Telecommunication Groups and Companies, WEMRIC, Philippine Red Cross, DILG, Bureau of Fire Protection, Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology, Office of the Civil Defense, Department of Social Welfare and Development Office, PHIVOLCS, NDRRMC, Provincial Government of Zamboanga del Sur, CDRRMO and LGU-Pagadian headed by Mayor Romeo “Tata” Pulmones as the host.
The NSED was started by an introduction of Pagadian City and its history of earthquake and tsunami. They also recall the deadliest tsunami struck in the city way back August 17, 1976. The expectators witnessed the students, teachers and residents of the coastal barangays in their execution of the BEEP or Building Emergency Evacuation Plan, Tsunami Drill to the evacuation center and other preparations that we need to do in times of calamities.
The activity was attended by DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, Undersecretary Renato Solidum, Jr. of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaption-DOST and the Officer In-Charge of PHIVOLCS, Undersecretary Bernardo Florece, Jr. the USEC for Peace and Order in the Department of Interior and Local Government, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Administrator of OCD and Executive Director of NDRRMC, DSWD-IX Regional Director Atty. Araceli Solamillo, OCD-IX Regional Director Manuel Luis Ochotorena and Zamboanga del Sur Provincial Governor Antonio Cerilles.
In his message, Governor Cerilles emphasized that those drills are helpful to everybody especially to the building administrators and their disaster action groups to design a specific response plan for earthquakes, to the building occupants to learn proper action and response during earthquakes and it will also teach the residents near the coastal areas on what to do when there is a threat of Tsunami. He also encouraged all the Pagadianons and Zambosurians to follow the Boy Scout motto “Laging Handa” in order to ensure the safety of everybody during and after a calamity.