(Eagle News) — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is now on blue alert, as “Ompong” approaches northern Luzon, where it is expected to make landfall.
In a statement, MMDA chair Danilo Lim said this means at least 700 personnel from different MMDA offices were on standby for possible deployment.
“The raising of blue alert aims to ensure the continuous monitoring of the possible effects of the current weather system and ensure prompt coordination with concerned agencies and offices,” Lim said.
He also urged the 17 local government units in Metro Manila to implement disaster preparedness measures.
The MMDA for its part, he said, was ready to deploy rescue vans, emergency boats, military trucks, ambulances, rubber boats, fire trucks and equipment such as life vests, chain saw and mobile pump if needed.
It has also set up emergency stations on EDSA-Roxas Boulevard, EDSA-Ortigas, EDSA-Orense, EDSA-Timog, C5-Libis, Commonwealth-Tandang Sora and Nagtahan.
PAGASA said “Ompong” will make landfall on Saturday morning.