TACLOBAN CITY– On June 24, 2024, the DPWH Tacloban City District Engineering Office (TCDEO), in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Tacloban City, successfully conducted the Quarterly Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED). This initiative was part of the country’s ongoing efforts to enhance disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

The earthquake drill was led by SFO1 Rowena C. Bulawan and FO2 Eric Kim Inovejas from BFP Tacloban, along with members of the office’s Emergency Response Team (ERT). Its primary objective was to ensure that TCDEO staff are well-prepared and can respond effectively in the event of an earthquake.

OIC District Engineer Rebecca G. Yuse emphasized the critical importance of these drills. “Regular exercises like this are crucial for maintaining the readiness and safety of our office and staff,” Yuse stated.

Immediately following the drill, an evaluation meeting took place, attended by SFO1 Bulawan, FO1 Inovejas, and the chiefs of various sections of TCDEO. The meeting highlighted the need to activate the Emergency Response Team (ERT). Meanwhile, the evaluation results were positive, noting that the drill was well-coordinated compared to last March.

This proactive approach underscores TCDEO’s commitment to ensuring the safety and preparedness of their personnel and facilities in the face of potential natural disasters.