By Dhel Nazario
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Thursday the fifth Metro Manila Shake Drill set on July 27, Saturday.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said the shake drill will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units, various agencies, volunteer organizations, and other stakeholders to demonstrate their contingency plans in case a strong earthquake hits the metropolis.
“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as the earthquake may occur anytime,” he said in a news briefing held at the MMDA headquarters.
According to Garcia, shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.
“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he added.
The shake drill will start as early as 4 a.m., signaled by sounding of an alarm.
“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he said.
On the day of the drill, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, who is also concurrent head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro.
Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.
“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.
During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.
The northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
The eastern quadrant will use the LRT 2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.