Dates of 2018 MM Shake Drill will be unannounced — MMDA

Published July 6, 2018, 5:57 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Jel Santos

To test the public’s disaster preparedness, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Friday said this year’s dates of the Metro Manila Shake Drill will not be announced.

The Metro Manila Shake drill is now on its fourth leg.

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. (left), along with Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Salalima (right), announces the holding of an unscheduled 4th Metro Manila Simultaneous Earthquake drill dubbed as "Shake Drill 2018" this July. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia Jr. (left), along with Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Salalima (right), announces the holding of an unscheduled 4th Metro Manila Simultaneous Earthquake drill dubbed as “Shake Drill 2018” this July. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Jose Arturo Garcia, MMDA general manager, said the only thing that will be certain is that it will transpire at 3 p.m., between second and third week of July.

“The only thing certain is that it will happen at 3 p.m.,’ he said.

“This time, we should all be aware of what we should do. Others just take it as a joke,” he added.

According to MMDA, the rationale of this is that earthquakes are unannounced, so must be the drill.

Ramon Santiago, MMDA consultant, said telcos will send text messages to the public on the day. As such, the broadcast media will also be utilized as well as social media.

“MMDA has coordinated with telecommunication companies, we have agreed that they will send text messages to the public signaling the start of the drill. Bells will also ring in respective cities,” he said.

“We will also announce it using the broadcast media,” he said.

Different scenarios will be staged in different cities, depending on the discretion of local governments.

Meanwhile, the private sector was urged by the agency to put into test their emergency plans.

On the third day of the drill, the MMDA said it will evaluate the preparedness of all participants.

“Their strengths and weaknesses will be identified in order to improve their disaster preparedness,” Santiago said.

Evac camps

There will be four evacuation camps during the drill, namely: North, East, West, and South.

In the North: Veterans Memorial Medical Center; UP Diliman Grounds; and Quezon City Memorial Center

In the East: Marikina Boys Town; Red Cross Compund in Marikina City; Ultra Pasig; and LRT 2 Station Depot in Santolan, Pasig.

Meantime, in the West: Intramuros Golf Course

Lastly, in the South: Villamor Air Base Golf Course in Pasay City.

MMDA said various scenarios will take place in these evacuation camps.

 
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