With super typhoon Mawar set to enter the country Friday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council made sure that they are prepared for its possible onslaught in the capital region.
MMDA Acting Chair and concurrent MMDRRMC Chair Don Artes said local government units in Metro Manila and government agencies are coordinating their efforts.
“MMDRRMC members shall monitor round-the-clock weather updates and situations, while disaster response units will monitor potential flooding in flood prone areas and waterways,” said Artes.
He also said the MMDA’s Urban Search and Rescue Team is on standby for deployment if it is needed. It is composed of 20 rescuers trained in water search and rescue operations and who have life vests, wet suits, boats, and water rescue helmets for rescuing disaster victims. They also have rescue cans, throw ropes, and life buoys.
The MMDA is also ready to dispatch are rubber boats, aluminum boats, fiberglass boats, life vests, rescue vehicles, and military trucks. All boats have life vests in accordance with its passenger capacities, he said.
“Teams are prepared, equipped, and trained. Communication lines are open with the LGUs so that teams will be immediately dispatched if needed,” he said.