On 27 September 2017, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council—assisted in the National Capital Region by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)—spearheaded the 3rd Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill. At 2:00pm, participants from the government, private sector, non-government organizations, and academe led simulations and performed the “duck, cover, and hold technique.”
The drill fell in sync with the MMDA’s annual Metro Manila Shakedrill, which “simulates scenarios and response in case a 7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts the metropolis and neighboring areas.”
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MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim touted the importance of public awareness on disaster preparedness, and the necessity of observing safety precautions: “Everyone should seriously engage in the shake drill because lives are at stake here.”
The nationwide earthquake drill is scheduled once every 3 months and usually falls on the last month of every quarter.