In a proactive effort to enhance disaster preparedness and response, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Iligan City demonstrated its commitment to ensuring the safety of its constituents by actively participating in the 2nd quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) conducted on June 08, 2023.
The drill, which was part of a nationwide initiative, aimed to simulate a realistic earthquake scenario and test the city’s readiness to effectively respond to such a calamity. DILG Iligan City played a pivotal role in coordinating the event and ensuring the involvement of key stakeholders, including government agencies, educational institutions, and local communities.
Under the leadership of City Director Maria Maida Daniot, the agency’s attendance at the drill showcases their dedication to fostering a culture of preparedness and resilience among the city’s residents. The event witnessed a robust turnout of participants, reflecting the collective effort to ensure the safety and well-being of the entire community.
“The National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill enables us to identify strengths and areas for improvement in our disaster response mechanisms. It allows us to refine our strategies and enhance coordination among stakeholders, ensuring a more effective and timely response during real emergencies,” said CD Daniot who also sits as the vice-chairperson for disaster preparedness in the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (ICDRRMC).
The drill not only served as a platform for honing emergency response skills but also facilitated valuable interagency collaboration. DILG Iligan City fostered close coordination among different departments, enabling seamless communication and efficient resource mobilization, which are crucial aspects of disaster management. By participating in such initiatives, the department continues to pave the way for a more resilient and disaster-ready Iligan City.
As a key player in disaster risk reduction and management, DILG Iligan City’s dedication to preparedness and response serves as an inspiration for other local government units and organizations. It reinforces the importance of collective action and underscores the significance of continuous training and coordination in ensuring the safety and well-being of communities in the face of natural disasters. (𝘋𝘐𝘓𝘎 𝘐𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺 | 𝘔. 𝘙𝘢𝘰𝘱𝘢𝘯)