MANILA – The Metro Manila Development Authority said Friday placed 700 personnel on standby to respond to Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) as it went on "blue alert."
The standby forces are from the Road Emergency Group, Public Safety Division, Flood Control and Sewerage and Management Unit, Rescue Battalion, Metro Parkways Clearing Group, and Traffic Engineering Center.
The MMDA said it also set up emergency stations in EDSA-Roxas Boulevard, EDSA-Ortigas, EDSA-Orense, EDSA-Timog, C5-Libis, Commonwealth-Tandang Sora, and Nagtahan.
The alert was raised to "ensure the continuous monitoring of the possible effects of the current weather system and ensure prompt coordination with concerned agencies and offices," said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim.
Lim is the concurrent chairperson of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC).
Storm Signal No. 1 is still up in Metro Manila as Ompong, the strongest storm so far this year, is expected to hit land in the Cagayan-Isabela area early Saturday, according to weather bureau PAGASA.
Lim also advised the 17 local government units in Metro Manila to implement disaster preparedness measures.