Overall, the first day of the 2017 Metro Manila Shakedrill was a success. There were slight bombardment of news a few hours before the staged Metro Manila Shakedrill in different key parts of the metro and that created a little disturbance in the traffic situation.
Motorists and employees were at least got informed when the siren started to sound off as the clock strikes four in the afternoon of July 14, a dreaded payday Friday for most of the working public.
Netizens even posted a witty status on Facebook such as Friday + Payday + Earthquake Drill = Bad Idea/Traffic/MovieTime to give warning to people coming from different places if they’re caught in the shake drill traffic.
They forgot that rain will also be participating the shake drill. Thankfully, the rain dropped its load in the early evening when the Metro Manila Shakedrill had already finished. But still, traffic was bad. Really, really bad.
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Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and participating government agencies such as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and private sectors like Globe Telecom responded with a quick and well-prepared strategies during the 2017 Metro Manila Shakedrill last July 14.
In line with this, Globe provided various connectivity tools that assisted the MMDA while implementing the drill. Such connectivity tools include prepaid SIMS, prepaid credits, and internet connectivity in each of the MMDA’s quadrants as well as in the agency’s emergency operations center. Globe also provided cell sites in each of MMDA’s quadrants.
11 corporate and technical sites from Globe joined the drill which lasted for about 30 minutes.
Organized by the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), the Metro Manila Shakedrill last July 14, 2017 simulated a 7.2 magnitude movement of the West Valley Fault, mainly affecting Metro Manila. The alarm sounded off at exactly 4 PM to signal the start of the drill.
MMDA will continue the mock exercise for four days, from July 14 to July 17 to allow other emergency responders from other regions to come in and participate. MMDA said the annual holding of the shake drill aims to identify the gaps during the first two drills held in 2015 and 2016.
“As a telecommunications provider, Globe Telecom is deeply aware of the need to continue building on the organization and the country’s disaster preparedness capabilities. In line with the company’s own sustainability initiatives, we are glad for the chance to continue providing support for MMDA’s efforts in enhancing the country’s resiliency in the event of a major disaster such as a 7.2 earthquake,” Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications, Yoly Crisanto said.
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