02 October 2009

SBMA sends 2nd emergency contingent to Ondoy victims

The participation of volunteers from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in rescue and relief operations in the wake of Typhoon Ondoy tragedy kicked into high gear, as the agency sent a second emergency contingent to flood-ravaged Metro Manila.

SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza deployed additional members of the crack SBMA Fire and Rescue Team, as another typhoon edged closer to Philippine territory and authorities urged residents in flood-prone areas to be ready for more heavy rains.

On Sunday SBMA first dispatched its search-and-rescue team, along with rubber boats and other emergency equipment, to the Marikina area.

Arreza, who is also director of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), said the SBMA has traditionally sent its fire and rescue teams “anytime, anywhere to provide assistance and to save lives and properties.”

Aside from the fire and rescue team, rescue vehicles and rubber boats, the SBMA sent out about P300,000 worth of relief goods on Wednesday.(H. EmpeƱo, Business Mirror)