DILG tells LGUs to join nationwide quake drill, do infrastructure audit

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — The Department of Interior and Local Govergment (DILG) has asked local government units (LGUs) to enhance their disaster preparedness capability by participating in the second nationwide earthquake drill on June 20.

In a statement released Saturday, DILG Undersecretary Jonathan E. Malaya said: "LGUs should always observe maximum or extreme preparedness rather than employ a calibrated response not just for typhoons but also for earthquakes and other types of disasters. This approach will save more lives and further reduce the number of casualties."

Malaya, who is also DILG spokesperson, said that the drill will determine whether the plans set by LGUs will be enough to meet the needs of residents in their area should an earthquake strike.

“Through these scenario-based drills, we will not only test if LGU disaster preparedness plans are working, we will also be able to train our people to cope with hazards and reduce their vulnerability,” he said.

The DILG is also encouraging LGUs to conduct an audit of infrastructure in their areas to ensure safety.

"Priority shall be given to audit facilities vital to local government operations, basic service delivery, and disaster response and relief operations such as public administration buildings (provincial, city, municipal, and barangay halls); structures used as evacuation centers; health facilities; roads and bridges, and water supply systems," it said.

Malaya added that other government-owned assets also should be inspected to make sure the structures are up to standard.