At 4:00 PM on July 14, 2017, employees of Global Process Manager Inc. (GPM) dropped to the floor, took cover under their desks and held on to this position for the next 45 seconds. Together with their client teams and all other offices in Times Plaza Building, GPM participated in the Metro-Wide Earthquake Drill conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
After doing the “Drop, Cover, and Hold” procedure, Emergency Response Team (ERT) Marshalls directed the crowd to their respective fire exits to evacuate the building. Everyone then gathered near the Lapu Lapu Statue in Luneta Park to be accounted for.
The 3rd Metro Manila Shakedrill aims to teach everyone to develop the muscle memory to take cover instead of panicking during an earthquake. Metro Manila is also preparing for “The Big One,” an anticipated earthquake of at least magnitude 7 that will be caused by the movement of the West Valley Fault. The 100-km fault line runs from Bulacan to Laguna and last moved in 1658, making it somewhat likely that another major earthquake may take place within the next century. Therefore, the government is eager to prepare the citizenry with regard to proper preparations and reactions in case of “The Big One”.