KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato – NEDA 12, along with the various Regional Line Agencies (RLAs) in SOCCSKSARGEN Region, participated in the CY 2021 Second Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on June 10, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. by observing the “Duck, Cover, and Hold” procedures while strictly complying with public health protocols.

NSED is a  quarterly major endeavor spearheaded by the Office of Civil Defense to enhance earthquake preparedness through the regular conduct of drills/exercises among the line agencies, LGUs and other government instrumentalities. It also seeks to educate the public on disaster preparedness against earthquakes and test the contingency plans of local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs). Disaster preparedness is consistent with Chapter 12 of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017- 2022 on building safe and secure communities.

The activity was undertaken in compliance with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Memorandum No. 08, series of 2021.  (Joseph Didius L. Clave, NEDA XII)