DPWH joins first
Nationwide Earthquake Drill for 2019
DPWH 2nd LED
February 22, 2019
CARIGARA, Leyte –
Over 180 employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
Leyte Second district engineering office participated during the 1st
Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) for 2019 held on
February 21 at around 2 pm.
The Municipal Disaster
Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Carigara, Leyte
led the simultaneous drill, demonstrating evacuation procedures and
emergency protocols. Afterwards, a one-minute alarm signaled the
actual earthquake evacuation drill.
According to Gerald A.
Pacanan, DPWH Leyte 2 district engineer, this activity will boost
the awareness and preparedness of employees during disaster
especially that the province is at risk to earthquakes because of
the Central Leyte Fault line.
He also expressed his
support on this campaign by forming a permanent medical, evacuation,
and inspection response team and committing to equip the district
with the necessary tools and facilities to safeguard the lives of
“This is a serious matter,
so we must have the proper knowledge on dealing with situations like
this and set up a system for immediate response within our premise,”
As per order from DE
Pacanan, the district will tap the MDRRMC of Carigara for first-aid
and emergency response training as soon as possible to intensify the
disaster preparedness of the district.
“This would be beneficial
not only to us, but also to our friends and immediate relatives who
we can share our learnings to from this training. Afterall, DPWH is
also a key player and an immediate responder during earthquakes and
other natural calamities.” he ended.
As the infrastructure
agency of the country, the highways department is also committed in
building safe and disaster-resilient public facilities.
The NSED is a quarterly
activity spearheaded by the NDRRMC and its local counterparts that
aims to strengthen timely and appropriate responses during
earthquakes and other similar events.