Pwede na! OCD calls QC disaster preparedness ‘almost perfect’

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The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) described as “almost perfect” the state of preparedness of Quezon City, as seen during the conduct of the national simultaneous earthquake drill at the QC Hall grounds on Friday.

“The Quezon City cluster is doing well. Well-prepared sila. Puwede ko silang bigyan ng 8 (out of 10) na rating,” OCD regional director Romulo Cabantac Jr. said.

One area that Quezon City should improve on, however, is evacuation, Cabantac said.

“Dapat malayo ang puwesto ng mga non-casualty. Hindi sila dapat pinapayagan na makiusyoso,” said Cabantac, a retired general.

Given Cabantac’s assessment, QC Disaster Risk Reduction Management chief Karl Michael Marasigan said the city will add more scenarios in the next earthquake drills to raise public awareness and muscle memory on disaster preparedness, especially among city hall employees.

During the March 31 activity, emergency responders from the QC Department of Public Order and Safety, QC Fire Department, Health Department, Social Services Development Department, Engineering Department, Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department, Parks Development and Administration Department and QC Red Cross demonstrated their rescue and response capabilities to highlight the city government’s continuing effort to provide the necessary emergency response services to residents, especially in case of an earthquake that could emanate from the West Valley Fault.

QCDRRMO also demonstrated some of the latest equipment acquired by the city government for extrication, rescue and disaster relief operations, including drones and vertical rescue equipment.

The QCDRRMO and the QC Health Department also set up a field hospital to provide medical treatment to “victims” of the various scenarios created as an offshoot of the powerful “earthquake.”