The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had set up two portable water purifiers in Sto. Tomas, Batangas following the deployment of an additional contingent in an evacuation site for residents affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
Earlier, the MMDA deployed 30 personnel in response to Batangas Provincial Government’s call to provide immediate assistance to the affected residents.
MMDA Public Safety Office and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Focal Person Michael Salalima sad they will also deploy their radio personnel to establish a communication facility in the area.
Salalima also reported that Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivares has allocated 1,500 bottled waters and food items which will be brought by the second batch of MMDA contingent.
Salalima assure the public that the MMDA is in close coordination with Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and Region IV-A.
Meanwhile, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia and Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) officer-in-charge Romulo Cabantac have requested the 17 local government units in the metropolis to allocate some of their resources that could be used for evacuation and relief efforts.
Cabantac also asked the Metro Manila LGUs to monitor the price of N95 masks, a protection from breathing in hazardous particles, as some retailers took advantage of its high demand due to ashfall brought about by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
Moreover, he also advised the LGUs to accommodate and account the internally displaced persons that would be coming from the affected areas.