DOST PSTC SIQUIJOR personnel took heed the national call to perform earthquake drill inside its office at Baluarte St., Poblacion, Siquijor on Thursday, March 10, 2022. At 9:00 in the morning, the drill started with Engr. Mario E. de la Peńa taking the lead in demonstrating the proper way to execute the triumvirate protective acts of “ducking, covering, and holding” in an instance of an earthquake. Some materials had also been distributed among them as bases for more visual simulation learning.
At a moment’s notice, the personnel successively performed the drill under a peer assessment. Within an hour, they concluded it with a reminder from each other that a real one would surely not be taken for granted.
The DOST PSTC SIQUIJOR building is a three-story building and stands close within the parameter of a coastal area in Siquijor, Siquijor. It is susceptible to an occurrence of a tidal wave on an occasion of an earthquake.
Engr. de la Peńa said: “These little acts matter. These are life-saving.”
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the Philippines is an earthquake-prone country, registering quakes every day, though most are not noticeable. PHIVOLCS confirms that an average of 20 earthquakes take place in a day and 100 to 150 earthquakes in a year.
(by: Jose Aldous R. Arbon II)