AFP deploys drone, helicopters in today’s Metro Manila-wide drill

The Armed Forces of the Philippines participated in the Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill at 10 am today spearheaded by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The earthquake drill was dubbed as “Shake Drill” which seeks to prevent panic in case a magnitude 7.2 quake hits the metropolis.

AFP chief General Hernando DCA Iriberri made sure that the drill was properly executed in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo. The military also tested a drone that would be used for surveying areas after an earthquake.

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) deployed two UH-IHs from the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), two UH-IHs from the Southern Luzon Command (Solcom), and two W-3A “Sokol” from Villamor Air Base which conducted “aerial rapid damage assessment and needs analysis” over different areas in Metro Manila.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Administrator Alexander Pama said once the “duck, cover, and hold” mentality takes effect it is very probable that injuries and deaths that would result in a major earthquake will be greatly reduced.