• MMDA scouting for rescue volunteers

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    IN preparation for the “Big One,” the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday started scouting for more rescue volunteers to be deployed when a strong quake hits Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR).

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency is now accepting rescue volunteers to reinforce its 6,000 rescue personnel who will be automatically deployed in case a strong earthquake jolts Metro Manila.

    He added that applicants should sign up for the Metro Manila Rescue Volunteer Corps (MMRVC), which can be found on the agency’s Earthquake Preparedness Website.

    The MMDA also on Monday launched the bepreparedmetromanila.com, a new website that provides vital information on earthquake preparedness and disaster response.

    According to Tolentino, the agency hopes to sign up at least 8,000 volunteers.

    Volunteers must be 18 years old or above, male or female, and willing to undergo a three-day earthquake response and rescue training to be conducted by the MMDA for free.

    The training, Tolentino said, will be done by batches.

    “With the unquestionable power of technology nowadays, the be-prepared Metro Manila website is the agency’s latest offering to promote disaster preparedness and public safety,” Tolentino said.

    The website also contains the latest information on hazard mapping, through AusAid’s Greater Metro Manila Area Risk Analysis and Valley Fault System Atlas of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs.

    It features a detailed description of the MMDA’s Oplan Metro Yakal, the agency’s disaster contingency measure, as well as important contact numbers of government agencies and local government units’ disaster response departments.

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    25 Comments

    1. Peter J. Barrios on

      I am from Antipolo city in Rizal, i am willing to volunteer and undergo training. Some of my friends and co-worker here would also like to volunteer.

    2. renante jomoc on

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    3. renante jomoc on

      i am willing to be a volunteer pra mkatulong sa iba…pwd nyo ako tawagan on this number 09253025755…

    4. wilson Vejerano on

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    5. karl delos reyes on

      willing po aq na maging volunteer,i have a basic knowledge in rescue…

    6. Rowena Estacio on

      I am very much willing to become a volunteer. I am currently base in Dasmarinas, Cavite, but i would like to help through volunteering, so please let me know the details please…?

      Thank you, and more power.

      weng

    7. darwin mallete on

      Ako po ay handang tumulong para po sa mga nangangailangan wala po akong kaalaman sa pag rescue pero handa po akong alamin o pag aralan marunong po akong mag drive ng sasakyan maliban po sa tubig at himpapawid. #09158662937
      Salamat po

    8. eleazar r.giducos on

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    10. Mishael Geronimo on

      Pakitugon sa text kung saan ang himpilan upang magpatala at ang mga kailangang papeles na dalhin. salamat po 09286353484

    11. What happened to the volunteer quick response program initiated by previous Erap & Arroyo administrations?
      During Erap’s term there was NERAP (National Emergency Response Program?) which was continued and expanded during Arroyo’s term as DQRP (Disaster Quick Response Program) under the former NDCC (National Disaster Coordinating Council) of the OCD (Office of Civil Defense). The training and accreditation of volunteers was organized and done by OCD-NDCC, ASEP (Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines) & PICE (Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers). I was one of the several accredited volunteer engineers under the DQRP program, which in the event of disaster will be called upon to provide technical assistance.

    12. Dennis Calderon on

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