In line with the first quarter nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill on March 27, 2015, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII, in coordination with Koronadal City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), conducted the drill on the said day.

The said drill was participated in by the employees of NEDA XII led by its Disaster Control Group (DCG).

The activity tested the actual use of the knowledge on rescue and evacuation procedures as government employees, firefighters, medical personnel and police forces took part in the drill for a simulated earthquake. It aims to highlight government capability to respond during emergency situations, particularly in: a) managing the Incident Command System (ICS); b) evacuating affected populace; c) focusing on women, children, elderly and persons with disabilities; d) establishing and managing evacuation areas; and e) providing medical assistance and relief to disaster victims.

At exactly 9:00 o’clock in the morning of March 27, 2015, the office alarm signaled the start of the drill. Equipped with the knowledge on how to react with the onset of a disaster, the employees responded well with the activity until the rescue operation. The open space at the back of the office building was utilized as the evacuation area. With the presence of the DRRMO staff, the front and back streets of the office structure were closed to the public and transport units. Rescue and emergency operations were initially conducted by the NEDA XII-DCG. After giving signal for further rescue and medical assistance for the victims trapped in the office, the DRRMO immediately provided assistance.

It was a well- coordinated simulated disaster drill for the NEDA XII staff, complete with smooth provision of rescue and medical assistance from the DRRMO.

An evaluation was conducted after the drill with the members of the DRRMO providing their insights on how the NEDA XII employees responded to the simulated disaster. DRRMO commended NEDA XII for its smooth execution of rescue and evacuation procedures, giving the agency a ninety-five percent (95%) performance. (Helen L. Vestal/NEDA XII-DRD)