MMDA assigns 1,000 personnel to newly launched rescue unit

The Metro Manila Development Authority has activated a 1,000-member rescue battalion trained for water search-and-rescue and emergency response.

The Metro Manila Development Authority has activated a 1,000-member rescue battalion trained for water search-and-rescue and emergency response.

 

Mike Frialde of the Philippine Star reports the MMDA Rescue Battalion comprises personnel picked from the Metro Parkway Clearing Group, Public Safety Division, Road Emergency Group, Sidewalk Clearing Operations Group, Baklas Billboard, and Task Force Takipsilim. MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the battalion will be "a quick reaction force that we can activate, mobilize, and deploy in times of emergencies 24/7 anywhere in Metro Manila and nearby provinces."

 

"The battalion has its own amphibious truck and about 100 rubber boats on top of the heavy equipment and gears currently in the MMDA's arsenal," he also said.

 

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