MMDA calls for metrowide earthquake drills

Posted at 06/26/2014 11:27 AM

MANILA - Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino is calling for a Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill to prepare residents for possible future tremors.

This, after the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that struck parts of Luzon on Wednesday night. [EARTHQUAKE: ]

According to Tolentino, earthquake drills and disaster management training should be done regularly to refresh awareness with the public.

"Last night's earthquake is a reminder for us to be always ready for any type of calamities... We should not be caught unprepared," Tolentino said.

He said that the metro-wide drill calls for 17 local government units, national government offices, educational institutions, and other stakeholders.

The MMDA has led several earthquake drills in areas such as shopping malls and schools since 2012.

A contingency plan called "Oplan Metro Yakal" has been organized and will come into play once a severe tremor will hit Metro Manila.

"Oplan Metro Yakal" will function with 6,000 trained rescue volunteers and 1,000 other volunteers from various barangays, fire brigades and civic organizations.