WATCH, LOOK | Metro #SHAKEDRILL gets underway

2017 Shakedrill Pasig City
The Pasig City Government conducts an Anti-Terrorism drill as part of the Metro ShakeDrill at Emerald avenue in Pasig City. Boy Santos / Philstar

The Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) grounds on Friday served as the locus of the Metro Manila north quadrant sector’s disaster command post in this year’s #SHAKEDRILL.

The drill is the major earthquake response simulation spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in collaboration with national as well as local government units and participating private sector stakeholders.

At VMMC, the component units from Quezon City, Caloocan, Mandaluyong, San Juan and Valenzuela cities, set up their respective disaster response activity centers, with QC Mayor Herbert Bautista taking the lead as the designated sector commander.

QC Mayor Bautista SHAKEDRILL command post
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (extreme left), himself a reservist Colonel in the Philippine Army, presides over the military component response team meeting during #SHAKEDRILL at the command post set up inside Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

Among the high priorities of the exercise was the simulated damage assessment and agenda for delivering response addressing the physical and psychological trauma inflicted on the general population.

Mayor Bautista suggested that future such simulations could include scenario setting for incidents of looting.

The designated rescue teams promptly deployed to imagined areas of critical need, including rescue scenarios from simulated building collapse and resulting traffic jams.

In Pasig City, the earthquake drill as preceded by the enactment of a counter-terrorism exercise, which involved a composite team from the police SWAT unit, Bureau of Fire Protection, as well as non-military emergency rescue units.

The drill included a script involving the rescue of civilians trapped in the terrorist alarm situation.

Elsewhere, those taking part in the Metro-wide drill, including workers and students, practiced the prescribed Cover-Duck_Hold procedures when an earthquake hits.

The drill included imagined scenes of fires breaking out and vehicles sprawled on the roads, necessitating the response of firefighters and rescue volunteers.

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Some scenes from #SHAKEDRILL follow:

2017 Shakedrill Malanday Elem
About 2,000 students of Malanday Elementary School in Marikina join the shake drill. Walter Bollozos/Philstar
2017 Shakedrill Filinvest workers Alabang
Workers at a Filinvest construction site in Alabang, Muntinlupa participate in the Duck-Cover_Hold exercise. ERNIE PENAREDONDO / Philstar
2017 Shakedrill Pasig
Pasig City workers gather outdoors after quake alarm goes off. Boy Santos / Phistar
MMDA Search and Rescue dogs Toby and Hachi ready for action. KJ ROSALES, Philstar
Mall employees stream outdoors in Manila. Miguel de Guzman, Philstar
MPD cops 2017 Shakedrill
Manila Police District and cops are not exempted from Duck-Cover-Hold. EDD GUMBAN / Philstar