‘Nepal experience should be eye-opener to PH’  

The strong earthquake that recently hit Nepal killed thousands and flattened numerous buildings and old structures.


MANILA, Philippines – The strong earthquake that recently hit Nepal should serve as a wakeup call to Filipinos to be ready for similar natural disasters in the Philippines, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).


MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino made the pronouncement as he commended Wednesday the agency’s seven-man retrieval and rescue team for a job well done in earthquake-torn Nepal.


Tolentino said the Kathmandu experience serves as an instrument not only to help the agency to better prepare and upgrade its “Metro Yakal” disaster preparedness program but will “eventually harmonize our forces from within so we can cope better against the forces from the outside like natural calamities and other exigencies.”


He said the Nepal trip enabled the team members to learn the ability of how rescue operators from all over the world managed to work together.


“Our team was also there to conduct post-earthquake studies and they were able to learn how each rescuer coordinated with various rescue groups to form part of a synchronized global humanitarian effort to provide the expertise and assistance Nepal badly needs,” he said.


MMDA’s rescue team was deployed to Nepal last May 1 to assist in retrieval and rehabilitation operations following a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people.