By Jel Santos
The local government units (LGUs) got an outstanding grade from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) after the surprise Metro Manila Shake Drill on Thursday.
However, MMDA general manager Jose Arturo Garcia, gave the private sector a failing grade as most of them did not participate.
“MMDA will give the LGUs a 100 percent grade. They were very prepared. But there are still room for improvement when it comes to their equipment,” he said during a press conference at MMDA headquarters Friday. “There’s a lack of equipment talaga.”
“Since most of the private sector did not participate, that’s a failure on our part. Less than 50 percent ang nag-participate.”
An issue that also arose on the day of the drill was the early announcement of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
Garcia, meanwhile, admitted that was the fault of the agency as they gave NTC 12 noon as the time to blast text messages.
“Our side is also to blame, because we gave 12:30 p.m.”
Many people received early text messages saying the drill will commence that day.
Earlier, the MMDA planned that the MM Shake Drill will be announced only minutes before it happens.
“The drill should have been announced five minutes before it starts. This is to test our response to disaster,” he said.
Garcia said the logic behind such is that earthquakes are unannounced.
In the next MM Shake Drill, Garcia assured that such lapses will not take place.