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Naga City public schools perform earthquake, fire drills

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Neil Romano S. Manaog
Division ICT Coordinator
DepED Naga City

Naga Central School I pupils take part in a fire drill.
Early on, these children are taught the best ways to safeguard human life, among others.

Pursuant to DepEd Order No. 48, s. 2012, all public and private schools in the Division of Naga City led the simultaneous conduct of earthquake and fire drills on June 29, 2012 in their respective campuses.

As mandated by said order, the quarterly conduct of the National School-Based Earthquake and Fire Drills is aimed to ensure the safety of students, teachers, parents and staff during at the onset of these disasters. The disaster management mechanism also seeks to help school administrators and their disaster action groups to design a specific response plan of the school for earthquakes.

Moreover, there is also the need to train teachers, school staff and students on how to practice proper action and response during earthquakes; and most important, to test various elements of the response plan designed by the school disaster management team.

Students and teachers of the Naga Central School (NCS I) I headed by Dr. Teresita Irma S. Dy-cok, Principal III and Mr. Oscar M. Chavez, physical facilities coordinator, took active part in the drills. Dy-cok led the ceremonial pressing of the button from her office that echoed all throughout the school’s premises, prompting the pupils and teachers to evacuating properly and systematically with a guide where they must pass and exit to safety grounds.

According to Chavez, the frequent conduct of such drills will make members of the school more aware and more familiar about them, which can help reduce the risk of damages whenever such they strike. “We have to conduct exercises or dramatization of possible scenarios and situation in which teachers and pupils themselves are involved. This will also help them become aware of the dos and don’ts before, during and after these disasters,” he said.

Mr. Ricardo Francisco, division physical facilities coordinator, encouraged the schools in Naga City to download, print and post the materials on the School Disaster Risk Reduction Management from, the DepEd Naga’s website to ensure the effectiveness of the conduct of these drills. “The Division will see to it that earthquake and fire drills are conducted quarterly in their campuses,” he said.

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