“Alert and safe”, these were the words of instructions of the DENR National Capital Region management as the regional office partook in the conduct of the 4th Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday, 11 November 2021, at the National Ecology Center (NEC) compound in Quezon City.

The regional office, led by members of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHSC), conducted the drill to prepare its officials and employees in case of earthquake and other emergencies, even while being observant of existing public health protocols.

Equipped with bullhorns and sirens, members of the OHSC sounded the alarms simulating the onset of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and instructed officials and employees to perform the duck, cover, and hold procedure.

The NSED is a quarterly simultaneous drill conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).