Shake drill is a great idea, but…

The idea of a province-wide shake drill is a great idea, however there are plenty of things to take into consideration to make it happen.

Bohol’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRMMO) Anthony Damalerio said on Friday, the idea of having a province-wide quake drill makes a lot of sense since the island-province has four fault lines, and any of the faults can impact all 48 local government units.

However, he said mounting such gargantuan task will need the coordination with the Office of Civil Defense, as it is the agency spearheading the quarterly earthquake drill.

Nonetheless, Damalerio said the idea is something that is worth considering since it would be useful in reducing the risks and any loss of life when a huge earthquake strikes Bohol.

As a measure to create force multipliers in giving basic first aid and to save lives during disasters, students are being trained by the local PDRRMO.

Tagbilaran schools asked the PDRMMO for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid training among their students.

Damalerio said the training for first aid among students will be handy during crisis situation especially when there is an earthquake.

He said the same training will be given among tour guides and even media practitioners.

Tourism is a huge industry in Bohol, and tour guides should be able to administer basic life support to tourists visiting the province.

Just this week, Bohol was shaken as a 5.4-magnitude quake shook the western part of Bohol with the epicenter located near the town of Lila.

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology director Dr. Renato Solidum told Gov. Edgar Chatto via text message the quake will not cause any damage to Bohol.

The quake was too deep to cause damage. Shallow quakes are the one that are destructive, the Phivolcs director explained.

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