MANILA, Philippines – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) held a national face-to-face exercise on Thursday to prepare for an 8.3 magnitude earthquake with a tsunami scenario.
The exercise took place at the fishermen’s wharf in the town of Paranaque or at the Bulungan market.
The local government of Parañaque, led by its mayor Eric Olivarez, hosted the push-the-button ceremony and large-scale drill.
“By simulating a tsunami scenario based on a hypothetical 8.3 magnitude earthquake,” Olivarez said in his speech.
“We will be able to assess our readiness and ability to mount a coordinated and effective response to minimize the potential loss of life and property in such an event,” he added.
A large-scale exercise was conducted, testing the city’s tsunami contingency plan and evacuation procedures in the local community and services specifically for fishers and vulnerable groups.
The combined efforts for the aquatic search and rescue and air rescue capabilities of the Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, and Philippine Air Force were also showcased.
Meanwhile, a tsunami warning sign along the coastal areas around the area was also unveiled.
This is the second face-to-face earthquake drill conducted by the NDRRMC.
The first face-to-face exercise took place in Makati City on September 8.
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