Pasig, Marikina mayors want standard disaster response capabilities in metro


Posted at Jul 27 2019 11:01 AM | Updated as of Jul 27 2019 11:33 AM

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MANILA - At least 2 mayors are pushing for the standardization of disaster capabilities of local governments in Metro Manila, a coordinating official said Saturday, shortly after the capital region conducted its 5th earthquake drill.

The 5th Metro Manila shake drill showed that each city has a different disaster response capability, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief of staff Michael Salalima told DZMM radio.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro are planning to ask the council of Metro Manila mayors to set a standard on disaster response, he said.

"Gusto nila magkaroon ng basic inventory kung ano ba talaga ang mayroon, anong training ba dapat ang mayroon ang kanilang mga personnel," he said.

(They want to set the basic inventory needed, the kind of training that [emergency] personnel need.)

"Ibig sabihin po nito, kung anong gamit mayroon ang Pasig, mayroon din sana ang Marikina, Pateros at Taguig," he said, referring to the capital region's eastern quadrant.

(This means that whatever [emergency response] equipment Pasig has, Marikina, Pateros and Taguig should have too.)

Salalima did not detail the specific disaster response capabilities of each city but said Metro Manila was "near perfect" in terms of equipment preparation and availability.

"Hindi po natin sinasabi na kumpleto ['yung kagamitan] pero 'yung kanilang capability in terms of responding to this kind of disaster ay nandun na po," he said.

(We are not saying they have complete equipment but their capability in terms of responding to this kind of disaster is already there.)

"Nandun na po 'yung semblance na we are near perfect sa kanilang mga equipment," he said without mentioning items that have yet to be procured by local governments.

(There is already a semblance of being near perfect in their equipment.)

The metro-wide shake drill is a regular exercise meant to test the response capabilities and preparedness of public and private sectors in the event of a strong earthquake.