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Bulacan conducts Angat Dam break drill
Thursday, 12 December 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS – More than 12, 000 students, health workers and government employees will participate in the Angat Dam Break Drill on December 13 at 8 A.M. in this city.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that the scenario will be the recognition of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake which can result to Angat Dam/Dyke break and destruction of buildings making them not safe as temporary evacuation sites.

“Prevention is the best way to survive and save lives. No one knows when it will come and we are praying that it will not but it is prudent to be ready and alert,” said Alvarado.

The governor also said that aside from creating proper awareness for students and government employees, it will also establish hospital emergency management and evacuation camp management.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) Officer Felicisima Mungcal said that the siren will alarm at 8:30 A.M. which will signal the ground shaking.

“At the sound of the alarm, the participants must immediately perform duck cover and hold, then calmly proceed to Bulacan Sports Complex as the evacuation site,” said Mungcal.

She also added that it is very vital to know what to do in this kind of situation since according to Angat Dam and Dyke Safety Study, 22 towns and cities in Bulacan, six towns in Pampanga and three cities in Metro Manila will experience heavy flooding due to the possible dam break.

The governor has time and again called the attention of the national government for the immediate repair and fortification of the more than four decades old dam.

He said that the people of Bulacan are very thankful to President Benigno Aquino III for his swift response to the issue by giving P 5.7 billion budget for the immediate repair of the dam.

However, Alvarado and other officials are wondering why the repair and rehabilitation of Angat dam has not started since it was almost a year when the President approved the budget.

“Nais natin na makita ng national government na best effort tayo sa preparation, sana ay best effort din sila sa pag-rehabilitate ng dam,” said Alvarado.

Participants of the drill includes the Provincial Government of Bulacan employees, students from Bulacan State University, La Consolacion University, Centro Escolar University, Bulacan Polytechnic College and health workers from Bulacan Medical Center and other district hospitals. ###

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