With the apparent increasing incidence of earthquakes, and in anticipation of what has long been termed The Big One, government has been scrambling to lay the groundwork for a proper response to the occurrence of a quake of serious magnitude.
To prepare employees on the proper procedures on safety upon the incidence of such a temblor, the Disaster Preparedness Committee conducted an agency-wide earthquake drill. Held in July, the workforce went through the procedures which should be observed during and after a crippling earthquake.
The simulation saw agency staff calmly leave their offices to mass at certain points in the open grounds. Apparently a success, kudos went out to the Disaster Preparedness Committee.
The Committee itself was constituted in 2012 to address concerns that workers of the agency would not be able to organize themselves in times of calamity.
Co-chaired by Engr. Ma. Teresa Yancha and Joel Amores, the Committee has been the body charged not only with working to stave the effects of a disaster, but to help in relief operations where the calamity concerned affects agency employees.