Disaster Risk Reduction & Mitigation

Mayor Inday urges Dabawenyos to join Friday's earthquake and tsunami drill

July 13, 2017 By

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte has called on the Dabawenyos to participate in the 1st Davao City earthquake and tsunami drill 9 am on Friday, July 14.

“This will help us prepare ourselves in the event a tsunami or an earthquake hits Davao City,” the mayor said.

“It is our responsibility to ensure that everyone in our communities and our homes are aware and knowledgeable of the things that should be done in cases of emergencies,” she added.

The mayor stressed that being prepared is an important step in survival.

“Preparation, which involves learning or acquiring emergency skills, is critical in protecting ourselves, our families, and our communities. Readiness is key to survival,” she said.

Around 3,000 employees of the city government are expected to join Friday’s “Shakeup”.

“Almost all of the city’s employees will join the citywide earthquake and tsunami drill,” Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) Chief Erwin Alparaque said after Thursday’s briefing of all team leaders of the city’s Disaster Action Team (DAT).

Alparaque said they called on all the DAT leaders so they know what will happen and what to do during the earthquake and tsunami drill. The drill will involve the employees of various city government offices including City Hall, City Hall Annex, Sangguniang Panglunsod, City Engineers Office and Museo Dabawenyo.

“Every building has exit points as indicated in their emergency plans,” he said. Once the alarm and the sirens are sounded, he added, “the employees should start going to the evacuation areas.”

The primary evacuation areas today are Rizal Park and Quezon Park. However, he said, when there is a tsunami, people should evacuate to higher areas.

“I urge the Dabawenyos to be very serious during the earthquake and tsunami drill,” he said. “Even the taking of photos during the mock evacuation is discouraged.”

Alparaque said the DAT members are set to undergo a series of trainings and seminars in the future, on various topics including rescue and mobilization. CIO