700 personnel on standby as MMDA goes on blue alert for Ompong

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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has placed 700 personnel from various offices on standby as it goes on blue alert status in preparation for Typhoon Ompong.

MMDA chairman Danilo Lim said the personnel, which come from the Road Emergency Group, Public Safety Division, Flood Control and Sewerage and Management Unit, Rescue Battalion, Metro Parkways Clearing Group, and Traffic Engineering Center, are on standby starting Friday for possible deployment.

“The raising of blue alert aims to ensure the continuous monitoring of the possible effects of the current weather system and ensure prompt coordination with concerned agencies and offices,” he said.

With storm signal number 2 up over Metro Manila, Lim also advised the 17 local government units in the capital to implement disaster preparedness measures in their respective localities.

He said the MMDA is also ready to field rescue vans, emergency boats, military trucks, ambulances, rubber boats, fire trucks, man lifts, and equipment such as life vests, chain saw and mobile pump.

Overall monitoring of operations and warning systems will be conducted at the MMDA’s Metrobase Command Center in Makati City.

Meanwhile, emergency stations have been set up at the following locations: EDSA-Roxas Boulevard, EDSA-Ortigas, EDSA-Orense, EDSA-Timog, C5-Libis, Commonwealth-Tandang Sora, and Nagtahan.