MMDA Gears Up for Super Typhoon ‘Ompong’
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is bracing for the potential impact of super typhoon ‘Ompong’ in Metro Manila. In preparation for any possible emergency situation, the agency will deploy at least 60 of its personnel to provide critical services to the public at any given time, according to a public advisory released Thursday, September 13.
“The MMDA is ready to deploy anytime personnel and equipment and provide assistance to the public during rescue and evacuation operations,” said Michael Salalima, MMDA focal person to the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC).
Equipment for emergency provisions include manlifts, extrication tools, and rubber boats, according to the MMDA.
The agency has also installed emergency stations on Epifanio delos Santos Ave. (EDSA)-Roxas Blvd., EDSA-Orense, EDSA-Ortigas, EDSA-Timog, C5-Libis, Commonwealth-Tandang Sora, and Nagtahan.
The MMDRRMC has advised local government units and member-agencies to aim for zero casualty during typhoon ‘Ompong,’ which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon, is expected to bring heavy to intense rains, strong winds and storm surges in Luzon.