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(16 September 2021)

Around 57,000 viewers simultaneously joined the Third Quarter Online Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Thursday at 8:00A.M.

Various organizations from government offices, private sector, academe, Non-Governmental Organizations and Civil Society organizations participated in the said drill.

"Sa pagtunog ng serena, sabay sabay tayong mag duck, cover and hold, bilang patuloy sa pagsasanay nating lahat tungo sa kahandaan sa oras ng lindol. Ito ay kaugnay sa aming patuloy na pagsasagawa sa aming sinumpaang tungkulin na pagsisiguro ng inyong kapakanan at kaligtasan sa ano mang banta ng panganib," said Assistant Secretary Hernando Caraig, Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration in his welcome message.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, representing NDRRMC Chair and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, emphasized the role of individuals in building a prepared and safe community during these unprecedented times.

"Tungkulin ng isang mabuting mamamayan na hikayatin ang kanyang pamilya at komunidad sa mga pagkilos tungo sa mga kahandaan at kaligtasan," he said.

During the NSED program, messages of support were given by Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, Deputy Director of PHIVOLCS, Mr. Rene "Butch" Meily, President of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Allen A. Capuyan, Chairperson of National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), Joseph Encabo, Chairman of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Usec. Alain Del Pascua of the Department of Education (DepEd), Sec. William Dar of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and Atty. Tecson John Lim, Director of OCD’s Capacity-Building and Training Service.

The NSED was streamed on Facebook and YouTube via the OCD page. As of today, the event already garnered 835,910 organic reach, 344,300 engagements and 584,320 views.

The recorded peak views this third quarter doubled as compared to the previous online NSED activity which was around 22,800 views.

Today’s activity is the fifth online earthquake drill held in the country after the NSED exercises were moved online due to the pandemic.