Nabunturan, Compostela Valley – In consonance with the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) led an earthquake drill, participated by almost 400 LGU officials and employees last September 28, 2016 at the Municipal plaza in Nabunturan.

Bureau of Fire Protection officers Insp. Joey Militar, FO3 Benjamin Sales Jr., FO2 Greggy Rabe, SFO1 Renee Ypil, and FO1 Donald Poe Cabiles were the prime evaluators of the drill.

MDRRMO staff and Nabunturan Emergency Response Team (NERT) leader Odelio Tabuldan said that the importance of drills is anchored on preparing the community for upcoming calamities.

A siren signaled the start of the drill at around 9 am, wherein LGU employees performed the dock, cover, and hold within their respective offices.

An evacuation of the building followed, wherein employees headed towards the nearest open space area, including the streets, and the Municipal Plaza.

Insp. Militar said in an interview that the employees from the different offices cooperated, although there were lapses and the execution can still be improved.

He stressed that the preparedness level on the part of some employees would increase through an intensive orientation.

“Kung natagaan og ample time, mas matagaan og gwapo nga situation (If we were given ample time, we could provide a better situation),” Militar added.

The earthquake drill is an enactment of the mandate from Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). Marga Melendres/TIS Nabunturan

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LGU employees cooperate with MDRRMO during the conduct of the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill. Photo courtesy of NERT

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