Police Officers at Camp Cabal, Olongapo City take part in Quake Drills conducted regularly by the City government in dcoordination with the Disaster Management Office to ensure preparedness in case of emergency situations. The  Olongapo City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), Philippine National Red Cross-Olongapo Chapter and the Olongapo City Police Office recently conducted earthquake drills with the participation of city government offices, private sector entities, hospitals and schools.
The synchronized drills which lasted for about two minutes and 37 seconds were conducted at the PNP Camp Cabal Headquarters with the participation of the  Bureau of Jail Management & Penology (BJMP) and the inmates, St.
It can be recalled that in line with disaster preparedness,  the  Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in cooperation with the DRRMO also installed a “Strong Motion Accelerograph,”  a type of seismograph that can monitor and record even the slightest tremor or earth movement in the city. Moreover, with this year’s Fire Prevention Month theme, “Makiisa, Makiaalam, at Makipagtulungan Upang Sunog ay Maiwasan,” the DRRMO  and the Bureau of Fire Protection are also doing an intensive information dissemination campaign in the city regarding fire prevention and disaster preparedness. Do not panic, the public was told yesterday as the biggest earthquake drill in the country unfolds today to test the disaster preparedness measures of local government units and the government’s intensified information and education campaign (IEC). The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) made this statement a day before the public and private sector give way to the drill which the Philippine Institute for Volcanoloy and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) wants to be as real as possible. Once you know what to do and what not to do in case of an earthquake, one feels more at ease and prepared to face the danger, Montejo said.
Solidum said the role of the local government units (LGUs) is to make residents aware of the need to be prepared for an earthquake. He disclosed that the Phivolcs is also getting prepared by enhancing its earthquake monitoring and information dissemination. All heads of government agencies, including government owned and controlled corporations and local government units, have been enjoined to allow their employees to participate in the metro-wide earthquake drill.

Days before, Tolentino distributed  gadgets, including two computers with four monitors and three tablets from Pure Force and Rescue Corporation, to each Metro LGU, which they can be used during the drill and even in emergency situations.   Pure Force is a private company providing emergency response and rescue solutions. Today, it is important to keep ourselves hydrated because according to PAGASA, Metro Manila’s forecast heat index may reach up to 40.6 degree Celsius.
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Jesy Bascois an Advocate of Responsible Media and a Weather Reporter at Panahon TV, aired daily at 5:00 AM on the People’s Television (PTV). Easterlies, winds coming from the east that are warm and humid in nature, are now affecting the eastern part of the country, resulting to rain showers mostly in the eastern part of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Light to moderate rain showers brought by easterlies will be experienced in Visayas, Bicol Region, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Zamboanga Peninsula and in the provinces of Quezon and Palawan.
In connection with the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings this November, work and classes in all levels in National Capital Region (NCR) are suspended on November 17-20, 2015. Synchronized drills lasting for about two minites and 37 seconds were also conducted at St. Looking back what happened to Japan, Turkey and to other areas in the country, we must also prepare for worst-case scenarios,” said DRRMO Chief Angie layug in an interview at a local radio program.
Solidum said the agency currently operates 76 earthquake monitoring stations, including six volcano observatories.
In the recording, Tolentino, MMDA chairman, and Solidum, Philvocs director, will announce the scenario wherein the West Valley Fault has moved and earthquake sound effects will be played.

79 issued by Malacanang, calling for a synchronized earthquake drill in Metro Manila to raise public preparedness in case of a powerful tremor. It’s part of good citizenship to be involved in matters like this that will benefit the general welfare,” CBCP president Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in an interview. People who can access the system through the gadgets are mayors and local disaster risk reduction and management council members,” said Tolentino.
PAGASA Weather Forecaster Glaiza Escullar explained that the HPA is an area where the atmospheric pressure is relatively high. Light rains due to the northeast monsoon or amihan is expected in Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands. Gaborro, who is a nurse by profession, is a volunteer with the RAHA Volunteers Fire Department which will be one of the many volunteer emergency groups that will participate in today’s metro-wide earthquake drill that will be conducted by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). He called on every one to participate in the drill, saying that knowing something relieves one’s fears. That is why it is important for information and education campaign to be continued and must be sustained at the local level,” he stressed.

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