“Even in this time of pandemic, we cannot stop preparations for natural disasters such as earthquakes and I am happy to note that harnessing the on-line platforms and technology has allowed us to have an even more comprehensive earthquake drill together with our regional extension units,” said Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director Noel C. Binag, CE.

The OSHC conducted the nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill following the Interim Guidelines set by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

To avoid the traditional activities that involve physical interaction and mass gatherings, the OSHC staff conducted the “alarm” and “response” parts of the drill. These parts involved exercising the duck, cover, and hold protocols, taking the “Go Bag” and related personal protective equipment, and reporting.

The reporting was made on-line through the dedicated messenger groups covering all employees present at the office, those on work-from-home arrangements, and those in the regional extension units.

“Through this drill, we were able to validate all possible deficiencies and ensure that we are prepared in any situation that may arise especially during this public health emergency,” said Binag. 

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