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.