Earthquake exit maps installed in public schools in time for school opening

DAGUPAN CITY, June 5 — The city government here has installed earthquake evacuation maps in public schools as part of its proactive measures in time for the opening of classes today.

The installation of maps is the first phase in the council’s school-based emergency preparedness and capacity building project which was started in January, said Arlene Agpoon, member of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) technical working group.

Agpoon said the maps will also enhance and strengthen the capacity of the school disaster risk management offices (SDRMOs) together with the earthquake drill annually observed in the schools here every July in remembrance of the 1990 killer earthquake.

Aside from the three billeting schools during the Palarong Pambansa held earlier last month – the Dagupan City National High School, West Central Elementary Schools I and II – the council has already equipped with the same maps 10 other public elementary and high school here as of May 31. Similar evacuation maps will be installed in 26 other public elementary and high schools in the coming days.

Among the high schools whose rooms were already mounted with the quake exit maps were Judge Jose De Venecia Memorial National High School, Bonuan Boquig National High School, Carael National High School and Salapingao National High School.

The elementary schools already provided with the emergency evacuation guides were Lomboy Elementary School, North Central Elementary School, General Gregorio Del Pilar Elementray School, Sabangan Elementary School, Doña Victoria Q. Zarate Elementary School and Mamalingling Elementary School. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan with reports from CIO)

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