MMDA deploys team to quake-hit Abra to help in disaster response
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Wednesday it deployed a contingent team to help in the clearing operations in earthquake-hit Abra.
MMDA officer-in-charge Baltazar Melgar said the 39-man crew includes personnel from the MMDA Road Emergency Group, Metro Parkways Clearing Group, and Public Safety Division.
Melgar said the deployment of the MMDA team is in response to the request of Abra Gov. Dominic Valera.
A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Abra on Wednesday morning. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake had a depth of 17 kilometers.
“We will exert our efforts by mobilizing our personnel and other resources to provide immediate assistance to the quake’s victims,” Melgar said in a press release.
The MMDA official also said they would dispatch necessary equipment and materials such as one ambulance, two rapid response vehicles, two generator sets, two portable jack hammers, 10 portable water purifiers, and 15 modular tents to Abra.
The MMDA contingent group will stay in Abra for as long as it is needed, Melgar added. As of this writing, 11 of the 39 team members have been sent to Abra while the remaining members will go there on Thursday morning. — Andy Hoo, INQUIRER.net trainee
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