The 4th Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill 2019 conducted at Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro as its national venue on November 14, 2019 which was attended by the undersigned and Regional Staff. This PRO also accorded Foyer Honors to Secretary Jose Nicomedes Hernandez of the Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog (PAST) at Oriental Mindoro National High School.
The activity started at about 8:00 AM of same date with a prayer followed by the mass singing of the Philippine National Anthem, Oriental Mindoro Hymn and Calapan Hymn. Hon. Arnan C. Panaligan, City Mayor of Calapan welcomed all the visitors from the different National Government Agencies and local participants. The following head of offices also delivered their respective messages: Dir. Florence Guino, RD, DSWD MIMAROPA; ASEC Alan Silor, DICT; USEC Jose Miguel Dela Rosa, NEDA; USEC Nestor Quinsay, DILG; SEC Jose Nicomedes Hernandez, PAST; Dir. Susana Juaneo, OCD. The program was followed by the message of the keynote speaker ASEC Casiano Monilla, Office of the Civil Defense.
At exactly 9:00 AM, the simultaneous earthquake drill started with the ceremonial pressing of the button which signals the “Duck, Cover and Hold” execution of all participants within the city followed by the earthquake drill sequenced activities in different scenarios to include the response, and retrieval/rescue operations. The following were the scenarios during the drill: Under Water Search and Rescue, Vehicular Fire with Extrication, Search and Rescue, Search Rescue and Retrieval and Management of the Dead, Looting/Theft, Debris Clearing, Structural Fire, Animal Evacuation, First Aid, Family Reunification, and Camp Mangement. The drill ended at exactly 10:00 AM. During the drill at the different venues within the city, the VIPs and visitors watched the different scenario events at Oriental Mindoro National High School (OMNHS) wherein a led wall monitoring system was installed.
After the drill, the heads of cluster responders, evaluators and players proceeded to the grandstand for the closing ceremony. Honorable Humerlito A. Dolor, Governor of Oriental Mindoro, delivered the closing remarks by praising the participants’ who displayed enthusian in performing the drills.
The activity ended at about 12:00 NN followed by a press conference held at Nuciti Mall, Calapan City.