NDRRMC holds ‘3rd Quarter NSED’

Published August 16, 2018, 7:49 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Francis Wakefield

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) conducted Thursday the 3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) with the ceremonial area held at the Plaza Burgos, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.


The drill commenced at exactly 2 o’clock in the afternoon where hundreds of residents along Plaza Burgos performed the duck, cover and hold as an initial response to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake generated along the Abra River Fault with intensity VIII. The earthquake drill scenario was derived from the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS).

Local drills were also conducted nationwide through the Regional DRRM Councils.

According to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Public Affairs, various scenarios during the drill focused on the impacts of the earthquake on the Heritage Village of Vigan City.

Immediately, the Emergency Operations Center of Public Safety and City DRRM Council, as well as the Incident Command Post of the Local Incident Management Team, were established. Subsequently, the Emergency Response Cluster was activated to coordinate response efforts related to the incident.

Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis Teams were also deployed to assess disaster-stricken communities, particularly at the Heritage Village. Search, rescue and retrieval operations, fire suppression, vehicle extrication, looting incident, collapsed structure and high angle rescue were among the other incidents depicted.

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad graced the 3rd Quarter NSED as guest of honor and speaker. He, along with Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Luis V Singson, Vigan City Mayor Juan Carlo Medina, Director Rodolfo Encabo, DSWD and Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista, DOST-PHIVOLCS joined in the pressing of the ceremonial button signaling the start of the exercise, simultaneous in all the regional pilot areas nationwide.

Regional DRRM Council I in coordination with the City Government of Vigan and the City DRRM Office facilitated the 3rd Quarter NSED in Plaza Burgos, Vigan City.

“It is better to be redundant in our preparations than being caught flat-footed, the lives of millions are literally at stake, and we should never leave it to chance. Let us make disaster-preparedness part of our consciousness and regular habits,” Jalad said in his message.