For the second time, Metro Manila will undergo a shake drill in anticipation of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake called the “Big One”.
At exactly 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, radio stations, bells, and sirens will signal the start of the drill that would be carried out in four quadrants where command and control centers would have been installed, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in a post on the official website of the event.
Each quadrant will carry out acts of different real-life scenarios to test and exercise preparedness, the MMDA said.
The north quadrant is composed of Valenzuela, Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan and Mandaluyong, with its command post at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC). Here, high angle rescue, evacuation, looting incidents, fire suppression, rescue and debris clearing operation will be simulated.
The east quadrant which includes Marikina and Pasig will have its command center at the LRT Line-2 Santolan Depot where transport of relief goods, restoration of busted water pipes, suppression of fire, rescue operation on collapsed structures, and security of goods in case of looting will be implemented.
The west quadrant which is composed of Malabon, Navotas and Manila will set up its command center in Intramuros in front of the Manila Hotel where simulations of collapsed structure search and rescue and victim extrication, mass evacuation, fire suppression, and train derailment would take place.
The south quadrant consisting of Makati, Pasay, Pateros, Taguig, Paranaque, Las Pinas, Muntinlupa will have its command center at the Villamor Golf Course where collapsed structure rescue, debris clearing operation, vehicle extrication, fire suppression, water rescue operation, mass evacuation and headcount of prisoners would be performed.
On its official Twitter account, the MMDA said that the Edsa Guadalupe Bridge (Northbound) would be partially closed for five hours, starting 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
MMDA advised motorists to take C5 via Mckinley Road and Kalayaan Avenue.
MMDA coordinated with the villages (barangay), government agencies, hospitals, businesses, schools, BPOs, mall operators and the religious sector in order to ensure that many would participate in the “duck, cover and hold” drill that was first held on July 30, 2015 and participated in by about 6.5 million metro residents.
The “Metro Manila Shake” drill will be carried out simultaneously with 2ndNationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED).
It is part of Oplan Metro Yakal Plus, the contingency plan of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC).
Based on the official website of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), an active fault known as West Valley Fault system that runs across the cities of Metro Manila and neighboring provinces can generate the “Big One” where hundreds of thousands of residents will be affected and damage to infrastructure will be severe. Chrisheil Acal