During the exercise, the scenario involved someone leaving an unidentified package in the out-patient department of the hospital wherein bomb personnel of the PNP and BFP, security guards, and members of the DRRMU of MMMH&MC cordoned the area.
The authorities also evacuated non-essential vehicles, equipment, and persons specially patients near the vicinity of the explosion sites.
PNP Chief Master Sergeant Zaldy Guillermo commended the efforts of the hospital in conducting the drill, saying, “bomb threats and explosions might come unusual in our province but it could happen anytime and anywhere.”
Guillermo also appealed to the public to be more vigilant and report immediately to the PNP any unusual activities they notice in their environments.
The bomb explosion simulation exercise has been conducted in line with the National Disaster Resilience Month which mandates local government units, government institutions, non-government, private and civil society organizations to work towards building a culture of safety and resilient community empowering the Filipinos on the importance of disaster risk reduction and management.
– JHEY-AR O. MANGATI, RN / JOHN MICHAEL MUGAS