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Foundation U hosts national simul earthquake drill


Evaluators from the Negros Island Region (NIR) composed of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies in government have rated the earthquake drill at Foundation University Wednesday as very satisfactory.

Allen Cabaron of OCD NIR, who heads the team of evaluators from Region 18 disclosed it was a good performance inspite of some minor lapses that can be addressed as it gears to level up their performance in the years to come. He noted students are taking the simultaneous drill seriously as the alarm system sounded off exactly 9:00 o’clock in the morning.

The school administrators headed by Dean Victu Sinco and the ground commander noted the alarm system needs to be upgraded so everybody can hear from the farthest building. Thus, the team of evaluators has recommended for the establishment of a permanent public address system not just for Foundation University but for all schools or local government units. Better still, a coded and distinguishing alarm system for students, faculty and staff to know whether its earthquake, fire, bomb threat or any other emergencies.

The national simultaneous earthquake drill was aimed at increasing the awareness of students and re-echo them to their respective families or even in the barangays where they live, especially about right execution and right response to start with the duck, cover and hold principle and not to remove their hands until the shaking is over even if they are in the evacuation areas.

Another recommendation was for schools to make sure when vehicles enter the campus, including firetrucks, ambulance, rescue vehicles or even patrol cars, they will have to get Another recommendation was for schools to make sure when vehicles enter the campus, including firetrucks, ambulance, rescue vehicles or even patrol cars, they will have to get

When earthquakes or calamities happen during the evening, schools are enjoined to establish their respective emergency lighting system.

Joel Balahadia, chairman of the university’s disaster management committee said they were overwhelmed by cooperation of the students, the main purpose of which is to impart to them the importance of being ready when calamities come.

Although not perfect, Balahadia said there is still room for improvement in saying the university is receptive to whatever recommendations by the team of evaluators. He graded the school performance at 8 in a scale of 1 to 10.


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