by Emma C. Tabalanza
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga (31 January) — The earthquake drill was well planned, organized, orderly and much better compared to those held by other schools in the city.
This was commented by Sr. Supt. Abelardo P. Villacorta, deputy director for operations and planning of the Philippine National Police in Region III (PNP III) regarding the â€œEarthquake Drillâ€ conducted recently at the Republic Central Colleges in Angeles City in collaboration with the City Disaster Coordinating Council (CDCC), Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council of Pampanga (PDCC) and the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) in Central Luzon.
The drill which was participated in by some 1,500 high school and college students of the said school was conducted in compliance with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoâ€™s directive to conduct a regular earth quake drill in schools and other establishments in the country.
Villacorta lauded the Pampanga PDCC, Angeles City CDCC as well as the school administrators, faculty and students for giving time and importance to the said activity. He said disaster can strike anytime, â€œso let us be prepared and apply what we have learned here in case of calamityâ€.
He also made the assurance that the RDCC with the able chairmanship of Chief Supt. Ismael Rafanan, who is also PNP III regional director, will continue to support various disaster management programs and give them technical assistance.
Meanwhile, Director Neri Amparo of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) and concurrent executive officer of the RDCC in the region said that the over-all performance rating of the Republic Central Colleges in the drill was so good that it deserved a rating of 99.99%. The students who acted as victims and those portrayed as their relatives as well as the rescuers in the said drill performed like professionals.
She also thanked Ronald Sese, executive officer of the Angeles City DCC; Armand Austria, executive officer of the Pampanga PDCC; Dr. Victoria Angeles, president of the RCC and her staff; PNP III and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in the city for their utmost support and cooperation in all the RDCC undertakings.
Neri also urged them to continue conducting orientation, and drills in their schools in order to enlighten the students the importance of preparedness.
The evaluators in the said drill were Sr. Supt. Villacorta of the PNP, Lita Laverinto, of the OCD, Augusto Ocampo, director of the Philippine National Red Cross in Pampanga, Odon Santiago of the Department of Education (DepEd), Ed Ramos, supervisor of the Telephone Office (TELOF), Imelda Joven of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Supt. Leonard Banaga of the BFP, and Emma Tabalanza of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Pampanga. (PIA-Pampanga)
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