Businessmen back MMDA’s quake drill

Several business organizations on Monday  agreed with the plan of the Metro Manila Development Authority to conduct a metro-wide earthquake drill on July 30.

In a meeting held at the Thai Dusit Hotel in Makati City, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said active participation of the business sectors are needed for their people to be prepared in time of a big disaster.

“They fully agreed with this event and we are very thankful for their support,” said Tolentino.

The MMDA chief said the   July 30   event will be similar to the “Great California ShakeOut”, an earthquake preparedness drill that took place on November 13, 2008, where 5.3 million people participated.

The drill involved homes, businesses, schools, churches and communities across Southern California and also featured week-long events to connect communities with preparedness resources and the information and knowledge to prepare, respond, and recover in the event of a disaster.

Among the business groups who attended the meeting  were Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of the Philippines and Bankers Association of the Philippines and Industry. 

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