At exactly nine in the morning, the alarm bell rang across the corridors of DOST 7 sending the employees to duck, cover, and hold and thereafter quickly rush to safety outside in a simulated response to the alarm that marked the symbolic occurence of an earthquake.
The earthquake drill took place on November 11 this year in the premises of the agency’s compound in Lahug, Cebu City, as part of 4th Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) participated in by all DOST region 7 officers and employees led by DOST 7 acting Regional Director Jesus Zamora Jr.
The NSED is conducted quarterly as part of the government’s efforts to institutionalize proper and effective people’s preparedness and response to earthquakes and other natutal disasters in the country.
The duck, cover, and hold (DCH) quick-response action, which the DOST 7 employees did at the sound of the alarm, is a basic survival technique in case of earthquake. (By: Licinio F. Gingoyon)