Quake drills in Davao show lapses

Jul. 29, 2019

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) seeks to improve its communication and mobility after the assessment of the recently conducted shakeout drill last July 26.

“We really need to improve our communications. We can even observe during actual incidents that we really need to enhance our communications. There are times that our communications would break down,” said CDRRMO Chief Alfredo Baloran during the sidelines of the flag ceremony Monday.

“Mobility is another thing,” he added.

According to Baloran, as an answer to this evaluation, they will continue to upgrade their resources.

“The Office wouldn’t cease in upgrading our resources especially because some of our resources are deteriorating. Also, we have to acquire more sophisticated equipment,” he added.

The recent shake drill, Baloran can get a rating of seven to eight out of ten.

“I can give it a grade of seven to eight. The performance of the shake drill was impressive, informative and successful. But of course, we have to give room for improvement,” he said.

According to Baloran, the participation of the establishment was notable.

“The departments from local to national government, as well as the Department of Education and other private institutions were very participative,” he said.

In the third Citywide Shake Drill last Friday, government offices and private sector counterparts gathered at the Incident Command Post (ICP) at the Crocodile Park as members of the response cluster.

Baloran challenged the concerned sectors to continue to improve their performance every year. (davaotoday.com)

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