October 21, 2016
MMDA Joins Mercy Mission to ‘Lawin’-Ravaged Areas
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today deployed around 60 personnel to help in the clearing operations of areas in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) devastated by Tropical Cyclone “Lawin.”
The MMDA contingent, composed of the agency’s personnel from the Public Safety Division, Road Emergency Group and Rescue Battalion, is part of the Mercy Mission Task Force Lawin.
MMDA personnel brought along with them chainsaws and several rescue and emergency vehicles to assist in the clearing of roads blocked by fallen trees and debris in the aftermath of the super howler that battered the northern part of the country.
MMDA said the mercy mission is done upon the request of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
MMDA rescue and emergency personnel will augment the contingent from the Office of the Civil Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Joint Task Force. They will converge in Baguio City and will be deployed to different CAR provinces affected by the typhoon.
The MMDA personnel will be staying in CAR, one of the hard-hit regions of the typhoon, for five days for the clearing operations.
The agency has been tapped to help in both clearing and search and rescue operations in man-made calamities and natural disasters in and outside Metro Manila.
During the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, MMDA also deployed a clearing and rescue operations contingent in Tacloban City.
In the same year, MMDA dispatched search and rescue personnel to Bohol after strong earthquake hit the province.