Ready for deployment: MMDA prepares disaster response equipment ahead of Ompong’s onslaught

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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has placed its disaster response equipment and personnel on standby ahead of the rains that Typhoon Ompong is expected to bring.

Michael Salalima, the MMDA’s point person to the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), urged local government units in the capital to work in close coordination with the agency’s Command Center to ensure quick response to emergencies should its assistance be needed.

“The MMDA is ready to deploy anytime personnel and equipment and provide assistance to the public during rescue and evacuation operations,” he said on Thursday.

The MMDA Metrobase houses the 24-hour Crisis Monitoring and Management Center, which serves as the primary headquarters during calamity, emergency and other crisis situations in Metro Manila.

Among the MMDA’s disaster response equipment are rescue vans, rubber boats, tow trucks and manlifters.

State weather bureau PAGASA said Typhoon Ompong will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring light to moderate rains to Metro Manila starting Friday.

MMDRRMC senior vice chairperson Director Romulo Cabantac Jr. urged LGUs in Metro Manila to aim for zero casualties during the typhoon by making the necessary preparations and responding immediately to emergencies.