The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Office of Civil Defense express gratitude to stakeholders and the public for supporting the “first ever online Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED)” and its related activities.

With the recent development in the House of Representatives during the budget deliberations where a group of party-list representatives had attempted to block the budget requested by the NATIONAL TASK FORCE TO END LOCAL COMMUNIST ARMED CONFLICT (NTF ELCAC) and even harassed the task force’s spokesperson, we wish to inform everyone that to effectively address the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) problem, the government has entered into a massive campaign to spur the development of the rural countryside so that barangays impoverished by the malignant presence of the CTG can also experience the sustainable growth being enjoyed by communities who were able to expel them.

Activities of some unscrupulous members of society have been reported to authorities in the Office of Civil Defense. These involve the clandestine solicitation of funds from suppliers and private citizens in the name of NDRRMC, OCD or the Civil Defense Administrator to supposedly finance the Covid19 effort as well as other “side-projects”.

"Sa kabila ng mga balakid, patuloy nating isinasagawa ang mga nararapat na paghahanda mula sa pagpaplano para sa kaligtasan ng ating mga pamilya hanggang sa paggawa ng mga hakbang para makaiwas sa anumang sakunang dala ng lindol at pandemya." said NDRRMC Chairperson and Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana to the participants who joined the online 3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill, 10 September 2020. More than 4,000 people from various localities, organizations, and other government institutions performed the duck, cover and hold procedure as the alarm siren blared at 2:00 PM during the ceremonial pressing of the button shown in both Facebook Live and the OCD-hosted Zoom conference.