PCOO offices hold first quarter earthquake drill

QUEZON CITY, February 27 (PIA) — The Offices under the Presidential Communication Operations Office based at the Media Center on Wednesday held an earthquake drill as part of preparations for monster quakes.

The drills aim to make safety maneuvers like duck, cover and hold as well as the familarity to all exits and vulnerable spots of the workplaces be a part of the consciousness and system of every PCOO affliated employees before during and after earthquakes and aftershocks.

Children of employees, On the Job trainees and other guests likewise joined the exercise.

PIA Building Emergency Response and Preparedness Team (BERPT) Leader Francis Martin underscored the importance of knowing where to exit after earthquakes.

Serving as the incident commander for the drill, Martin said preparedness would help lower tendencies of people to panic and increase their confidence to survive such events.

He also mentioned some things to do as part of preparation for calamities:

Carrying whistles: to call attention of people in case trapped in collapsed structures;
Flashlights: to light the way to safety when power is out; and
Go bags and water supply: must have food and water supply for the family that will last days during the first week of the event.
The media center along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City is home to PIA, Philippines News Agency, Philippine Broadcasting Services, APO Incorporated, PCOO-Mula sa Masa Para sa Masa and the People’s Television Network.

Each office is represented in the BERPT: the team is encouraging colleagues in the government service to continue doing their own drills to survive high magnitude earthquakes.

Top level PIA heads likewise participated in the drill: Staff Director Marie Angelie Villapando (PIA Administrative Division), Staff Director Nilo Mamaclay (Planning and Communication Research Division) and PIA-Mimaropa Regional Director Vicky Mendoza.

The staff of PIA’s Mimaropa and National Capital Region offices were likewise participants on Wednesday’s earthquake drill.

PCOO, represented by PIA, is a member of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Agency. (LP/PIA-Mimaropa)

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