THE local government of Muntinlupa sent out a rescue team to augment relief operations in Batangas following the eruption of Taal Volcano.
Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MCDRRMO) Officer Erwin Afonso said a group of health workers and emergency services staff were sent to Talisay, Batangas to assist in the ongoing rescue and relief operations, Monday morning.
Alfonso said the MCDRRMO is closely coordinating with Region 4-A officials in providing services to affected local government units.
On January 13, Mayor Jaime Fresnedi called for an emergency meeting to discuss safety measures in preventing adverse effects of ash fall from the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano to city residents.
He urged the public to stay indoors as much as possible and use masks as protection. The local executive also advised the city residents to monitor news updates and announcements from the local government.
More than 36,000 pieces of masks were purchased by the city government of Muntinlupa to be distributed in local barangay (village) health centers.
Local health centers are on alert to accommodate health emergencies due to ashfall effects such as eye sores, respiratory and skin reactions and asthma triggers.
Cleaning operations in major thoroughfares and secondary roads in Muntinlupa were conducted together with barangay personnel. Street sweepers and other emergency responders were advised to use masks during operations.
For emergency concerns, Muntinlupa City residents may contact MCDRRMO at 0927-257-9322 / 0921-542-7123 / 8925-4351 / 8862-2664.