The Philippines’ Third Quarter 2016 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED), aka #Pagyanig, was held on Wednesday, starting at 9 am. Local earthquake drills were held simultaneously around the Philippines, including Laguna, Cavite, Bicol, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (Mimaropa).

Participants were reminded to duck, cover and hold when an earthquake happens. Of course, Twitter was abuzz with numerous posts using the hashtag "Pagyanig," which means tremor in English. Here are some of the tweets about the latest earthquake drill in the country.

“Juana Village residents of Binan, Laguna do the 'duck, cover and hold' and sets up tent that will serve as their evacuation area. #Pagyanig ,” The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Information Desk tweeted.

“At the top of the hill, students of Butag NHS in Sorsogon participated in the simultaneous earthquake drill. #Pagyanig @DepEd_PH ,” Eugene Chris tweeted.

Aside from Sorsogon, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Mimaropa also participated in the nationwide quake drill.

“A roll call of employee must be done to ensure that no one is left inside the bldg DILG MIMAROPA Regional Office Earthquake Drill #pagyanig ,” DILG MIMAROPA posted on Twitter.

Social media user Robin Lim posted about #pagyanig on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

“3rd Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill 2016 Rain or Shine! # pagyanig #NSED …,” Lim tweeted.


National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Ricardo Jalad said in a Rappler report that they are aware of the dangers that a strong earthquake can cause to people’s lives, as well as their livelihood and properties. He reiterated that the Philippine government and the NDRRMC’s aim is to make sure that the public is prepared for any calamity, not just earthquakes.

What do you think of #Pagyanig, aka the Third Quarter 2016 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED)? Let us know in the comments section below.