The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has created a new interim office that will oversee and strengthen the Agency’s disaster and emergency preparedness and response efforts in the National Capital Region.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim created the Metropolitan Public Safety Office (MPSO) to integrate and consolidate all units of the Agency undertaking similar functions or tasks related to disaster and emergency preparedness and response.
“It will conform to one of the Agency’s mandates of Public Safety, which includes the formulation and implementation of programs and policies and procedures to achieve public safety, especially preparedness for preventive or rescue operation during times of calamities and disasters, such as conflagrations, earthquake, flood and tidal waves,” Lim cited in an office order.
The MPSO shall also handle the coordination and mobilization of resources and implementation of contingency plans for the rehabilitation and relief operations and coordination with national agencies concerned.
The new office is headed by Michael Salalima, also the concurrent Chief of Staff, OGM and Focal Person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, and composed of the following units:
• Public Safety Division
• Road Emergency Group
• Metro Manila Emergency Volunteer Corps
• Metro Manila Crisis Monitoring & Management Center
• Rescue Battalion Headquarters & Disaster Preparedness Training Center
“It will allow the offices to function mainly on their tasks more effectively and efficiently by having unique and clear tasks, functions and objectives of their own, eroding the confusion which office is responsible to work on a certain task,” said Lim.
The group is in-charge of establishing sectionalized disaster and emergency response units – Central, North, South, East and West sectors, capable of immediately responding to emergencies and disasters affecting Metro Manila.
It is also their duty to “provide timely information regarding monitored disasters, hazards and emergencies to concerned officials, responders, stakeholders and the public; promote and implement disaster preparedness trainings in the community level to increase their level of awareness and equip them with necessary skills and capability to cope with the threats and impacts of disasters.”
During road emergencies, the office is also tasked to effectively respond to reported or monitored disasters, ensure the free flow of traffic along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila by removing all roadblocks and provide efficient response to roadside emergencies. (MMDA)
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