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More than 6,000 individuals registered in the webinar on earthquake preparedness launched by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through Office of Civil Defense (OCD) yesterday, September 8, 2020 as part of the alternative activities for the 3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED).

The webinar which recorded 34 thousands views is an online learning platform to educate and increase knowledge of the public on earthquake hazards, preparedness and response during pandemic.

"Ating isinasagawa ang mga aktibidad na ito upang patuloy na makapaghatid ng serbisyong DRRM sa ating mga kababayan sa kabila ng COVID-19 pandemic. Nais namin na tuloy-tuloy na matutunan ng ating mga kababayan ang mga panganib na dala ng lindol upang sila ay makapaghanda at maging ligtas," NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator Ricardo Jalad said in his opening remarks.

Webinar discussions include understanding earthquake hazards in the Philippines given by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Renato Solidum, community earthquake preparedness and response strategies presented by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Usec. Jonathan Malaya, and strengthening earthquake preparedness through DRRM efforts and initiatives by OCD Director Susana Juangco.

Usec. Solidum, in his discussion, also presented the Hazard Hunter PH, an online tool that provides hazard information based on the specified location by the user.

Sign language interpreters were present during the discussion.

Webinar participants are asked to accomplish online evaluation forms for them to receive their certificate and copies of the presentation via email.

OCD on Monday also held an online quiz bee on earthquake basic concepts, events, and preparedness measures. PHP300 to PHP1,000 worth of load cards were given to the winners. The activity garnered 6,700 facebook comments, reactions, and shares.

The NSED activities will culminate with the online ceremonial pressing of the button which will be held tomorrow, September 10 2020, 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to watch the live stream and do the “duck, cover, and hold” procedure at home.