Placer, Surigao del Norte – Personnel from 30th Infantry (Python) Battalion, 4ID, PA together with the Surigao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the provincial government of Surigao del Norte showcased their Disaster Response Capabilities during the 3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on 08 Aug 2019 held in Surigao City.

During the simulation, the participants performed Duck, Cover and Hold. Thereafter, the first responders, the Disaster Emergency Assistance and Rescue Team (DEAR) elements of 30IB, together with the Bureau of Fire Protection(BFP) and the Surigao City DRRMC provided emergency assistance to the victims as well as conducted rescue operations to those who are in peril.

The NSED is a quarterly drill that seeks to instill a culture of disaster preparedness and promote disaster awareness to all citizens, soldiers and other uniformed personnel included. It’s also done to evaluate the readiness of Disaster Response and Rescue Units (DRRU), the adeptness of their contingency plans and protocols to address natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons and landslides, as well as man made disasters such as fire and road mishaps.

Lt. Col Jeffrey A Villarosa, Acting Commanding Officer, 30IB stated, “the men and women Python troopers, thru its Disaster Emergency Assistance and Rescue (DEAR) teams, puts to high regard its capability to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR). We see to it that our skills to conduct HADR operations are always honed, our equipment always ready, that we can always inter-operate with our partners, and when the need arises, we can immediately shift from Focused Military Operations (FMO) mode, to HADR mode.

Our iron clad partnership with other DRRUs such as that of the PLGU of Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island Province, the city and municipal LGUs, the barangay LGUs, and that of the Civil Society Organizations, is our best defense against any calamity, as well as our best offense towards the prevention and mitigation of the occurrence and effects of calamities, Villarosa added.