MMDA prepares for its 'unannounced' earthquake drill

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — The public is advised to stay alert for the fourth Metro Manila Shake Drill, which will come as a surprise later this month.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in a press release on Tuesday that the shake drill could happen any day on the third week of July.

The three-day drill aims to sustain and improve the public's awareness and reflex action towards a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they want to facilitate the drill in a more realistic scenario.

"No one can predict when an earthquake will happen. We must be prepared at all times so we want the shake drill announced unannounced," he added.

The public will only be informed on the day of the drill.

"What we want to evaluate is the people's level of awareness and discipline instilled during the past three years," Metro Manila Shake Drill Secretariat head Michael Salalima said.

Telecommunication networks will inform its subscribers of the the drill via SMS messages.

Meanwhile, establishments are encouraged to sound their own alerts or bells while radio stations will air an alert to signal the start of the drill at 3 p.m.

The MMDA will be mobilizing personnel to evacuation camps in the following areas:

  • The western quadrant (Navotas, Malabon, and Manila) will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
  • The northern quadrant (Quezon City, Caloocan, Valenzuela, San Juan) will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course and Quezon Memorial Circle.
  • The eastern quadrant (Marikina and Pasig) will use the LRT 2 Santolan Depot.
  • The southern quadrant (Pasay, Makati, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Pateros, and Taguig) will use the Villamor Golf Course.