For sometime I’ve been harboring these thoughts –so i just let it out. After watching on the news the metro wide earthquake drill dubbed SHAKEDRILL, the more i am convinced that i’ve seen these all before, particularly the media cooperating with public servants and politicians in putting up a convincing show of simulating earthquake scenarios and having ready responses for them.
Good, people! I’m sure to many when the Big One finally happens, they will have the presence of mind to act knowingly and decisively on matters of life and death.
All seem look familiar like the PRE-YOLANDA EVENTS, when politicians like mayors in Samar, Cebu, Leyte and other provinces in the Visayas announced proudly in media that they were ready for the incoming monster storm. Then it happened! They were hit in ways they weren’t expecting, particularly by the storm surges which until then were not part of the Filipinos’ vocabulary.
In the wake of devastation, those expected to come and rescue needed rescuing themselves. Like the rug was suddenly pulled from under the feet of these rescuers!
THIS VERY SAME SCENARIO CAN HAPPEN IN METRO MANILA.
i would like to suggest bringing the earthquake preparation to a notch above. Organize rescuers coming from cities outside of Metro Manila, or even coming from far-flung places like Cebu, Samar, Baguio, and other more progressive cities. The idea is they will be the ones ready to swoop down in the event the citizens of Metro Manila become so traumatized as to act and help themselves. Most likely our gallant rescuers would be busy attending to their families and neighbors first. And with communications probably affected, it would be very difficult to gather them and act out their drills.
Wise up and be more pro-active, Pilipinas!