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Manila ready to send search and rescue teams to Lawin-hit areas

Manila’s search and rescue (SAR) teams have been alerted to be possibly sent to northern Luzon to help in rescue and relief efforts in areas battered by Super Typhoon Lawin.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Manila Bulletin, 2016.mb.com.ph

MB FILE – Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (Photo by Ali Vicoy) / MB.COM.PH

“We are fortunate that Lawin did no damage to Manila. But we should think of those who bore the brunt of the typhoon’s fury, and they need help,” Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said, as he directed search and rescue teams of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) for possible deployment.

Estrada said the city government has coordinated with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and other government agencies and relief organizations to determine how Manila could help in the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

MDRRMO head Johnny Yu assured the SAR teams’ readiness for immediate deployment: “We are ready. We are just waiting for the Mayor’s go-signal. All our equipment and gears have been primed up and packed.”

He said MDRRMO has two 15-man rescue units—water search and urban search teams—which have been well-trained and equipped to handle SAR operations in most difficult conditions.

MDRRMO rescuers also took part in the Super Typhoon Yolanda rescue and relief mission in Tacloban City in 2013, Yu added.