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    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will resume this week the training of volunteers who had applied with the Metro Manila Rescue Volunteer Corps. (MMRVC).

    Corazon Jimenez, MMDA general manager, on Sunday said the agency will resume the training on Wednesday (August 5).

    The volunteers are trained to help the government cushion impact of a killer earthquake or the “Big One” should it hit the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila.

    Jimenez said around 4,500 who had applied online will still undergo a three-day training on rescue and recovery operations during calamities and disasters.

    “We will resume with the training and we are fully booked until September,” she added.

    Jimenez said in MMDA’s weekly radio program that the training was temporarily stopped last week to give way to the first Metro Manila-wide earthquake drill.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the volunteers should first undergo rescue and recovery training to qualify them as disaster response reservists in times of calamities and other exigencies.

    Tolentino noted that the heavy turnout of volunteer rescue workers clearly indicates that the government has successfully instilled in the minds of the public the consciousness and culture of disaster preparedness.

    “There is now a new shift of attitude or reorientation of values of our people toward civic or social responsibility,” he said.

    With the success of the first region-wide earthquake drill, the Metro Manila Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (MMDRRMC) is pushing to institutionalize the exercise.

    Tolentino, also chairman of the MMDRRMC, said the drill should be conducted regularly to train people on how to act during a strong earthquake and other natural disasters.

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