Regular quake drills urged in Cebu City


The Cebu City Council has requested all barangays in the city to conduct continuing drills and activities that will raise public awareness on how to respond to natural disaster like earthquakes.

City Councilor David Tumulak filed a resolution seeking to raise awareness and to promote earthquake-preparedness to the public.

Tumulak, the chair of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has detected from February 11 to February 19 certain geotectonic phenomena near Oslob, Alcoy, Boljoon, and Dalaguete with a magnitude ranging from 1.4 to 2.9.

It is the policy of the state to build the resilience of local communities to disasters and strengthening the capacity of local government units and communities in mitigating and preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the impact of disasters, he added. (

The councilor also encouraged the public, educational institutions, business and community stakeholders to conduct their own earthquake drills.

“The City of Cebu recognizes that no community is immune from natural hazards particularly to earthquakes and recognizes the importance enhancing its ability to withstand natural hazards as well as the importance of reducing the human suffering, property damage, interruption of public services and economic poses caused by this hazard,” his resolution read.

Tumulak said the city should promote earthquake preparedness and provide plans for earthquake-related disasters, as major earthquakes pose a threat to the city and the region.

“Community resiliency to earthquakes and other disasters depends on the preparedness levels of all stakeholders in the community– individuals, families, schools, community organization, faith-based organization, non-profits, business, and government,” according to him.