(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Sunday, 24 September 2023) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains. Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 1.5 meters).

Friday, June 9, 2023

PMO Surigao shows emergency preparedness during quake drill

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte -- The Port Management Office (PMO) of Surigao actively participated in the 2nd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) today, June 8, 2023, as manifestation to its commitment to the government's disaster preparedness initiatives.

In a synchronized effort with various agencies and offices across the country, PMO Surigao coordinated the involvement of personnel from ports under its jurisdiction, including the Port of Surigao (Baseport), as well as the Terminal Management Offices (TMOs) of Dapa, Tandag, Dinagat, and Lipata. Additionally, COA staff and port clients also took part in this important exercise, led by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

The drill utilized the Port of Surigao's earthquake alarm system, which is installed at the port's administration building, to simulate an actual earthquake scenario. To add realism, a simulated rescue operation and first aid application for an injured person were also carried out.

As soon as the alarm sounded, PMO Surigao's employees promptly executed the fundamental "duck, cover, and hold" technique. Following that, they swiftly moved to the designated evacuation area while the Incident Management Team was activated. A thorough personnel headcount was conducted, and the Damage Control/Search and Rescue Team swiftly moved into action to assess the building. Once the area was deemed safe, all personnel were instructed to return to their respective stations.

The 2nd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill played a crucial role in testing and validating the PMO's contingency plans. Furthermore, it provided an opportunity to evaluate and enhance the preparedness of the PMO's Incident Management Team, ensuring their readiness to respond effectively in the event of an actual earthquake or similar emergencies. (PPA-PMO Surigao/PIA-Surigao del Norte)