DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade (left) lauded the city government’s pro-active measures
and activation of disaster risk response teams led by Mayor Jaime Fresnedi
THE local government of Muntinlupa’s mitigation measures and disaster risk response efforts to Typhoon Rolly earn recognition from Department of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade during a virtual meeting with the city’s Covid-19 Task Force recently.
DOTr Sec. Arthur Tugade lauded the city government’s pro-active measures and activation of disaster risk response teams two days ahead of Typhoon Rolly’s landfall in Luzon. Tugade also cited the management of evacuation areas in Muntinlupa and strict enforcement of minimum health protocols including wearing of face masks and social distancing.
At least 2,012 families from low-lying areas and communities along the coastline of Laguna de Bay were evacuated, according to the report of Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Risk Resilience and Management (MCDRRM).
MCDRRM Chief Erwin Alfonso reported Muntinlupa’s preparation for the compounded threat of Typhoon Rolly and Covid-19 such as preemptive evacuation of vulnerable communities, early prepositioning of emergency response resources and equipment, activation of early warning signals, and installation of modular tents in evacuation areas to ensure compliance with physical distancing measures.
Mayor Jaime Fresnedi vowed to continue to work with the IATF in improving Muntinlupa’s health system performance, critical care capacity, and stringent compliance to surveillance, isolation, and treatment protocols.