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Bangsamoro gov’t holds drill for magnitude 8.1 quake, tsunami

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The Bangsamoro government has conducted a multi-hazard simulation drill to intensify its readiness in times of calamities and disasters.

The Bangsamoro Risk Reduction Management Council (BDRRMC), through its Bangsamoro-Rapid Emergency Action on Disaster Incidence (READi), held the simulation exercise Saturday, August 17, at Barangay Kusiong, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.

The team of Bangsamoro-READi, which was assisted by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-BARMM) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), simulated a magnitude 8.1 earthquake, tsunami, and sea mishap.

The activity, which aimed to determine and enhance the level of preparedness and know-how of people during calamities, involved residents in the said community, the regional government said.

It was also meant to test the effectiveness of the Command Control System, specifically the Incident Command System (ICS), communication coordination, and support system.

Ministry of Interior and Local Government (MILG) Minister and Bangsamoro-READi Chairperson Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo said the most important objective of the drill was to make the community more aware of how to prepare for natural disasters.

“Tini-test natin lahat ng possibilities na pwedeng mangyari during calamities. We have to be ready at all times,” he added.

Sinarimbo said the government will provide basic assistance such as trainings to the barangay officials to make the basic response in times of calamities.

The event was also conducted in commemoration of the August 17, 1976 earthquake which occurred in the island of Mindanao, with 8.1-magnitude. It spawned a massive tsunami, which devastated the coastline bordering the Moro Gulf and North Celebes Sea.

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