• MMDA sends humanitarian teams to Ilocos provinces

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    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday deployed two humanitarian teams to Ilocos Province (Norte and Sur) to assist the victims of typhoon Ineng.

    MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the well-trained MMDA personnel would help in the relief and clearing operations in areas severely affected by Ineng.

    “They will clean the schools affected particularly in Ilocos Norte, and will either cut or prune fallen trees,” said Tolentino.

    He said the capabilities of these personnel, mostly from the Public Safety Division and Road Emergency Group, are proven and tested as they have been on similar missions before in Visayas and Mindanao.

    The teams are equipped with appropriate clearing implements such as chainsaws, rescue boats, tents, medical kits, and other hand tools needed for the operations.

    They will be working under the supervision of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, which reported more than 75,000 individuals in 221 typhoon-ravaged barangays.

    In recent years, the MMDA has also sent agency personnel to various towns in Bulacan and several provinces in Mindanao such as Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental, to assist local government units in rescue, relief, clearing, and cleanup operations after they were severely damaged by super typhoons.

    A similar rescue team was also dispatched last May to Kathmandu, Nepal in the aftermath of an earthquake.

    In November 2012, the MMDA Rescue Battalion was formed. The unit was composed of specially trained and equipped personnel to respond to major disasters and calamities within Metro Manila and nearby provinces in a moment’s notice.

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