CST-R Joins the National Earthquake Drill

Photos & Story By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga

June 10, 2021–Despite having a skeletal workforce this school break, Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos participated in the National Earthquake Drill 2021. Office staff led by Mr. Isaias Dela Paz, Safety & Security Officer, practiced Duck, Cover and Hold as the electronic bell rang to signify an earthquake.

The members of Recoletos Educational Assistance for Deserving Students (READS) of CST-R also participated as they continue to serve in the non-teaching offices where they are assigned.

In less than two minutes, Thomasian staff were able to evacuate to the open Golden Eagles field for the headcount.

Alarm Rings! Engr. Anacleto Velasco, Junior High School Department coordinator (in yellow shirt), prepares to duck.
Duck! From the Student Development & Placement Center (SDPC), Ma. Nita V. Bolo and her student-assistant are able to run to the quadrangle before ducking again as a simulated shaking is rung using an electronic bell.
Run & Cover! The Thomasian staff runs out of the St. Augustine building that has withstood the 2012 Guihulngan and 2013 Bohol earthquakes.
Out and Safe. Mrs. Melinda Dela Paz (rightmost) of the Registrar’s Office lines up at the football field, the designated evacuation area.
Headcount. Mr. Isaias Dela Paz gives instructions and leads the headcount.
TEAM CST-R. Student-assistants from the READS man the First-Aid Station.
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