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UPOU Joins Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

Earthquake Drill

In the spirit of disaster preparedness and management, UP Open University (UPOU) joined the Philippine Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in the conduct of the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill tagged #Pagyanig on 28 September 2016, 9:00 AM, at the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna.

Spearheaded by the UPOU Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management chaired by Dr. Ricardo Bagarinao, and the UPOU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (OVCFA) headed by Dr. Jean Saludadez, UPOU employees ducked, covered and held at the sound of the siren. Assigned marshalls and headcounters per building and per floor led the employees to the open ground in front of the main UPOU building. This was the area previously identified to be safest during earthquakes and other disasters.


Earthquake Drill JAS

Vice Chancellor Saludadez spurred everyone to take the drills seriously and to assume simulations as real events. She facilitated the discussion in identifying opportunities to work on, and aspects to improve on to make sure that the University is ready anytime an earthquake or any disaster hits.


Earthquake Drill RTB

Dr. Bagarinao, on the other hand, shared the other plans of the Committee in relation to disaster preparedness and making sure that the University is climate adaptive and e-resilient. He mentioned that more drills will be conducted soon, including unannounced drills for other calamities such as in the event of a fire or floods.  The Committee is in-charge of the Climate Adaptive and e-Resilient UPOU (CARe UPOU) Program  which is one of the Flagship Programs identified in the UPOU Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.



The day prior to the drill, Mr. Jethro Victorino Belleza, Ms. Diana Monserrat and Mr. Melojette Gacosta from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) of Laguna oriented the UPOU employees about earthquakes in preparation for the Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill. They demonstrated the proper way to duck, cover and hold during an ongoing earthquake, and how to safely and calmly exit buildings when disaster strikes. UPOU employees participated actively during the orientation especially when it was time to duck, cover and hold. All of them were eager to take part in the earthquake drill for the next day. The orientation was done at the UPOU Audio-visual Room. (Anna Cañas-Llamas)