• MMDA sends rescue teams to Bohol, Cebu

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    FOLLOWING a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit some parts of Visayas, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday sent two rescue teams to assist in the ongoing relief and clearing operations in Bohol and Cebu.

    MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino personally led the send-off ceremonies to the two eight-man teams, who will be staying in Tagbilaran in Bohol and Cebu, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal II.

    “The provincial government of Bohol and Cebu need all the help they could get to weather this calamity. We at the MMDA are more than willing to provide assistance in whatever way we can,” Tolentino said.

    The first eight-man team, led by Rescue Unit head Edward Gonzales, will go to Mactan, Cebu and coordinate with Cebu Governor Hilario Davide.

    While the second team, led by Public Safety head Aldo Mayor, will fly straight to Tagbilaran and coordinate with Bohol Governor Ed Chato.

    Tolentino said each team is equipped with extrication power tools, bolt cutters, chainsaws, and trauma kit. They also carried body bags.

    “These are veteran, well-trained rescuers that we had sent to several provinces during previous calamities. They have the appropriate trainings and expertise in rescuing trapped people, clearing, and providing emergency medical care,” the MMDA chief said.

    A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake jolted Carmen, Bohol and other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday morning, killing at least 20 persons and injuring dozens others.

    At least 15 people were confirmed killed in Cebu City, four in Bohol and one in Siquijor when a 7.2-earthquake jolted Carmen, Bohol and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said 33 others were reported injured during the earthquake. RITCHIE A. HORARIO

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