MMDA deploys for ‘Chedeng’

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed rescue and clearing operations teams in areas that are expected to be hit by Typhoon Chedeng.

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MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino on Sunday said at least two teams were deployed in Isabela and Quezon provinces.

Despite the weakening of Chedeng, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, and Polillo Island under Signal 1.

Tolentino said the teams were on stand-by for possible clearing operations.

Apart from MMDA teams, rescue teams from the cities of Valenzuela, Marikina, Pasay, Muntinlupa and Parañaque were also deployed in those areas.

The MMDA team, Tolentino added, has complete equipment for clearing operations.

“They have complete clearing and rescue equipment. They also brought vehicles,” he told the MMDA’s weekly radio program.

Tolentino said the teams will not only be helping in rescue and clearing operations, but will distribute relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“They also brought relief items coming from the DSWD that could be distributed to those who will be affected by the typhoon,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office on Sunday said that preparations are underway for the expected landfall of Typhoon Chedeng (international name Maysak).

According to PCSO Acting Chairman and General Manager lawyer Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas 2nd, their offices in Northern and Central Luzon as well as Southern Tagalog and Bicol region have been placed on alert.

“The PCSO branch offices in Northern and Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog and Bicol region, the areas expected to be affected, have been placed on alert and are ready to extend any needed assistance,” he said.

Under PCSO’s Quick Response Program, PCSO will shoulder the cost of medical treatment in government hospitals for victims directly affected by natural disasters and national emergencies, in line with PCSO’s mandate.

PCSO will also be distributing Family Emergency Medicine kits and other relief goods as needed, in coordination with PCSO branch offices and local government units.

While the power grid operator and transmission service provider National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) has already activated its North and South Luzon Regional Command Centers and District Command Centers in preparation for Chedeng.

As part of its Integrated Disaster Action Plan (IDAP), NGCP is implementing the necessary preparations and precautions to minimize the impact of Chedeng on power transmission operations and facilities.

The IDAP prescribes these and other procedures to ensure the readiness of all power transmission facilities expected to be affected by the passage of the weather disturbance.

NGCP’s Overall Disaster Command Center monitors all power restoration activities, reports, and updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, whichever is directly affected by the weather disturbance.

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