CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga- The Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Luzon joined in the conduct of the first nationwide simultaneous earthquake drill held Thursday afternoon.
Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus, PRO director, said the earthquake drill and simulation aims to help prepare Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel and other employees inside the camp for an earthquake.
Corpus said the important part of the drill is to understand that when there is an earthquake, it is safest to drop to the ground, find cover and hold on.
The activity started with a one minute blowing of the siren, where all PNP personnel inside their respective offices dropped to the floor, find cover under their tables and hold on.
Afterwards, all participants went outside, with both hands covering their heads since they could be battered by falling objects, walking calmly in a single file and proceeded to the designated evacuation area which is the parade ground located in front of the administration building.
Corpus said this must be done so as not to cause panic while an earthquake takes place.
The earthquake drill is an annual exercise designed for the awareness, preparedness and readiness of PRO personnel and employees during an actual earthquake.
Senior Superintendent Oscar Jacildo, chief of the Regional Police Community Division, stressed the importance of the drill.
“We always have to do preparations through protracted trainings and seminars. It is not a matter of lacking, it is keeping in tune, keeping abreast,” he said.
Some 1,500 PNP personnel inside the camp participated in the drill. With them were personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection.