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Bulacan successfully conducts Angat Dam Break Drill
Friday, 13 December 2013
CITY OF MALOLOS – Office of Civil Defense 3 Regional Director Josefina Timoteo rated the Angat Dam Break Drill as 99.9 percent, an almost perfect score, for its efficient coordination, good management and preparedness after more than 12, 000 students, health workers and government employees participated in the drill last December 13, Friday morning.

After assessing the drill, Timoteo said that Bulacan is truly blessed with good and capable leaders that people can rely on during times of calamities.

“Nakita natin na competent ang rescue teams, well-organized ang pamimigay ng pagkain, at ang evacuation management is very efficient. Makikita rin natin ang pagpupunyagi ng Incident Command System team sa pangunguna ni Gob. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado bilang incident commander, para maging matagumpay at maayos ang drill na ito ,” said Timoteo.

Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said that this drill which has the scenario of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake resulting to Angat Dam/Dyke break and destruction of buildings is very timely since various calamities befall worldwide.

“Layunin nito na magkaroon ng kasanayan, kahandaan at kaalaman ang mga mamamayan kung ano ang dapat gawin, sino ang dapat kontakin at saan ba dapat pumunta kung sakaling mangyari ang ganitong kalamidad,” he said.

The governor also added that drill was made after he ordered the review and upgrading of Emergency Action Plans of the provincial government, including various schools in Malolos City, as part of the adaptation program on the “clear and present danger” being poised by the destructive effects of global warming and climate change.

“In this situation, we are bracing for a magnitude 7.2 earthquake being aggravated by the collapse of Angat dam. During bad weather, the dams are releasing excess waters and when they release even just 2 cubic meters per second of water, the low laying towns of Hagonoy, Calumpit and parts of Malolos are being submerged by rampaging floods. But when the dam breaks, it will unleashed at least 210 cms of rampaging water that will also carries debris like illegally cut logs,” the governor explained.

Alvarado also said that they will constantly pray that it will not happen but when it does, the people will now be prepared for the worse.

“This is the third time that we conducted the dam break drill. We will replicate this in every town and cities in the province,” said Alvarado.

The governor also ask concerned agencies to use the P5.7 billion given by President Benigno S. Aquino III for the immediate rehabilitation of Angat dam. He said that almost a year has passed since the budget was released by the president but until now, nothing has been done.

“Sana’y gamitin na ito kaagad at nawa’y huwag dumating ang panahon na ito’y gagamitin nila sa pag-re retrieve ng mga libo-libong Bulakenyo na tinangay na sa Manila Bay,” he added.

Participants of the drill included 1,000 employees from the Provincial Government of Bulacan, 8, 000 students from Bulacan State University, 1,800 from La Consolacion University, 700 from Centro Escolar University, 1, 100 from Bulacan Polytechnic College and hundreds of rescue team volunteers and health workers from Bulacan Medical Center and other district hospitals. ###

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