On July 26, 2016, Datablazers Inc. (DBI) conducted its own quake drill in accordance to the 2nd Metro Manila Shake Drill and 2nd Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED), which was held a month earlier. Thirty-five DBI employees and apprentices took part in the awareness campaign, also called Oplan Metro Yakal Plus. The drill aims to inform metropolis residents and professionals of the protocols and measures that should be taken in case of a catastrophic quake.
The DBI Shake Drill was spearheaded by Safety and Health Officer, Mr. Er De Robles. Participants were oriented on what to do in the workplace premises and how to evacuate to a safe spot once a tremor is felt. Muntinlupa is one of the cities in the West Valley Fault System where a large scale seismic activity is anticipated.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council highlights the importance of responsiveness during such natural disaster to prevent massive confusion and risking more lives.
In July 1990, several towns and cities from Central to Northern Luzon were hit hard by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. An estimate of 1, 621 people were killed and thousands more were badly injured, displaced, and had difficulty coping for months. Back then, buildings were only low and mid-rise, and still these structures were badly damaged and there was high incidence of casualties during the large-scale quake.
At present, Metro Manila is more congested with corporate buildings and sky rise housing units as people continue to flock to urban centers for jobs and businesses. Although, earthquake-proof designs and materials are being used to construct such structures, it is still necessary to inculcate responsiveness as an earthquake is inevitable.