BONTOC, Mountain Province – On March 8, 2023, a joint earthquake drill was conducted in Bontoc, Mountain Province. The activity was organized by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Office, headed by Atty. Edward F. Chumawar, and was participated in by national and local government offices. The drill aimed to ensure the safety of the residents of Bontoc in the event of an earthquake.
The drill was held at Plaza Bontoc, where participants were given a simulated earthquake scenario. The drill was conducted to simulate a worst-case scenario, in which participants were expected to respond and execute their emergency protocols accordingly.
The drill emphasized the importance of safety and preparedness, with the PDRRM Office providing information on earthquake preparedness, response, and recovery. Participants were reminded of the crucial steps to take during an earthquake, such as taking cover under sturdy furniture, holding on, and staying put until the shaking stops. Participants were also instructed on the proper evacuation procedures, including finding the nearest safe and open ground, and avoiding elevators during an evacuation.
Overall, the earthquake drill was a success, with the participants executing their emergency protocols smoothly and efficiently. The drill served as a reminder for the importance of disaster preparedness and the need to have a contingency plan in place in case of emergencies. The PDRRM Office, together with the local government, is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents of Bontoc, and will continue to conduct regular disaster drills to ensure preparedness and readiness.