Marikina tops 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge

Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.

Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.

The city government of Marikina lauds the representatives of Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) – Rescue 161 for coveting the championship of the 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge which was recently held at the World Trade Center.

MCDRRMO-161 was declared champion in the Group Challenge Event after defeating 13 different groups which consisted of national agencies, local governments, and a volunteer group.

The team showcased their skills in rescuing a victim from a collapsed structure, and proper techniques in vehicle extrication.

MCDRRMO-Rescue 161 is comprised of Ronnie Lazana, Julius Hermogenes, Marvin Hermogenes, Christian Bernal, Ross Henry Magsanoc, Michael Angelo Ong, Darwin de Leon, Al Mikhail Banhi, and Jeremiah Bernardo who received cash prize, a trophy, and individual medals.

“More than the honor, we are grateful for the readiness of our rescue team to save lives in the event of any calamity or disaster. We hold regular training sessions not only for the MCDRRMO but also for personnel and volunteers in our barangays and communities,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.

Residents in emergency situations within Marikina City can dial telephone number 1-6-1 for help and quick response.

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Marikina braces for GlendaPH

Marikina City ensures all its evacuation centers in the city’s 16 barangays are ready in case the situation escalates as typhoon Glenda (international name Rammasun) draws near Metro Manila.


The assurance was made after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Public Storm Signal Number 2 in Metro Manila and nearby provinces as the typhoon may landfall tonight in the Bicol region and head towards Southern Luzon.


“In times of evacuation, the Department of Education-Marikina activates its system of deploying teachers and principals assigned with respective responsibility in the schools that serve as evacuation sites. They underwent practice and orientation so they are prepared for any eventualities and can be relied on as evacuation camp managers in their respective areas,” said DepEd-Marikina’s Division Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Dr. Elizalde Cena.


Among the city’s 17 public elementary schools and 15 public high schools, schools serving as evacuation centers for the residents in the riverside communities are Nangka Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 42 classrooms), Hermogenes Bautista Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Concepcion Integrated Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 36 classrooms), Malanday Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 60 classrooms), and Sto. Niño Elementary School (accommodates evacuees to its 25 classrooms). When situation worsens, additional schools such as Marikina Elementary School, San Roque Elementary School, Leodegario Victorino Elementary School, Kalumpang Elementary School, Tañong Elementary School, Barangka Elementary School, Parang Elementary School, Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina High School, and St. Mary Elementary School will be opened to accommodate even more evacuees.


To guarantee evacuees’ safety during their stay, each school has been inspected recently by the School Repairs and Maintenance Office (SRMO) and ensured that its facilities such as classrooms and restrooms are working soundly and efficiently.


In relation, the city government through the City Health Office also alerts its eight medical teams composed of four health personnel each who would be deployed to the evacuation centers to check on evacuees’ medical condition. Medicines such as antibiotic, paracetamol, mefenamic acid, cough tablet and syrup, antacid, ointment, oral rehydration solution (oresol), as well as multi-vitamins, and ascorbic acid (Vitamin C supplement) have been allocated.


“We ensure that every evacuee’s medical needs are taken care of in order to prevent any occurrence of disease in the evacuation center,” said City Health Officer Dr. Alberto Herrera.


For Brgy. Tumana resident Carmela Salazar, the presence of health workers in the evacuation centers gives her and her family a sense of relief knowing that these health professional can be reached when a need for medicines and medical check-ups arises in the evacuation centers.


“The service that these health workers provide during a calamity is really something we should be thankful for. When we need to evacuate, we’d feel complacent that Marikina City has this kind of service,” she said.


Aiming for zero casualty, the city government of Marikina keeps a keen eye on the track of Glenda. It likewise ensures that barangays covering the riverside communities namely Brgy. Nangka, Brgy. Tumana, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Sto. Niño are ready in case the situation worsens in the next couple of days.

Marikina readies for rainy season

Rescue 161In preparation for the coming rainy season, Marikina Mayor Del De Guzman reminded the city government offices of the importance of readiness of equipment as well as city government personnel for any eventualities the season may bring.

With this De Guzman, ordered an inventory of rescue equipment which the city may use in times of flooding and disaster. He likewise reminded the personnel of Marikina City Disaster Risk-Reduction Management Office (MCDRRMO) and Rescue 161 to continuously conduct drills and exercises in order to further improve their disaster management and response capability.

“All disaster-related offices should be ready for any eventuality,” De Guzman said.

The city has an array of water rescue equipment such as rubber boats, PVC boats, polyethylene rescue boats, speed boats, rescue ram, life ring buoy, rescue cans, night vision binoculars, vibrascope victim locator system, wet suits, and many other tools which can be used to save lives.

Along with the instruction, De Guzman ensured readiness of the city’s rescue personnel particularly in the area of water rescue. Personnel of MCDRRMO and Rescue 161 are regularly undergoing water rescue skills exercise on a weekly basis.

In addition, the City Engineering Office regularly conducts declogging operations of the waterways through manual and mechanical procedures. In 2012, it declogged waterways in 211 streets (29,747 meters) using manual procedure, and 174 streets (22,754 meters) using mechanical procedure. In the first quarter of 2013, it declogged the same in 56 streets (7,755 meters) and 45 streets (5,650 meters) using manual and mechanical procedures respectively. The type of garbage Marikina recovers from its waterways includes plastic bags, plastic wrappers, dilapidated pieces of furniture, Styrofoam, and other debris from neighboring localities that pass through the Marikina River and other creeks.

In line with this, De Guzman calls for the participation and cooperation of everyone to help prevent flooding.

“Marikenyos continue to be disciplined in disposing of our garbage. It is those coming from our neighbors that is causing us a lot of problems,” De Guzman added.

Marikina intensifies disaster preparedness campaign

The city government of Marikina continuously intensifies its disaster preparedness campaign in case of an earthquake hitting the area.
According to the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Marikina is one among the cities in Metro Manila covered by the West Valley Fault System which is already ‘mature’ for movement.
The fault line has a range of 5.8 kilometers in Marikina alone covering Brgy. Industrial Valley Complex, Brgy. Concepcion I, Brgy. Barangka, Brgy. Malanday, and Brgy. Tumana. The entire fault line is approximately 135 kilometers in length passing through some areas of Metro Manila like Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, Makati, Pateros, Taguig and Muntiunlupa. 

According to the Metro Manila Earthquake Impact Reduction Study (MMEIRS) of Dr. Jane Punongbayan of Phivolcs, in anticipation of a strong earthquake (estimated 7.2 magnitude) hitting Marikina, it is estimated that the city may have 2,600 deaths and 8,800 injuries.
“We are very much aware that the Valley Fault System will pose great danger to Marikina in case of an earthquake. That’s why the city government ties up with non-government organizations as well as the community in preparing for a possible earthquake attack,” De Guzman said.
The Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Marikina conducts regular earthquake drills on all public and private schools, government establishments, and business establishments in order to create awareness and familiarize the people on the actions that must be done during an earthquake.In addition, in case a strong quake results in collapse of strictures, the city’s Rescue 161 can use a set of equipment intended for searching and rescuing trapped persons in collapsed buildings. Likewise, it will soon use Vibroscope, an instrument thatis used to detect trapped victims 8-12 meters deep in the rubble.

Moreover, the city government also advices each family to prepare safety plans and emergency stock which consists of food, water, transistor radio with extra batteries, whistle, medicines, and other provisions. Having plans and being prepared increases the possibility to survive an earthquake.
“Being prepared is still the best solution as we can’t predict when an earthquake may happen. We are requesting the community to cooperate with the city government especially during earthquake and fire drills,” De Guzman added.
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Super Gatbu’s Emergency Kit

It seems like it was only yesterday when we had Ondoy, and disaster may still happen anytime. Just when we think stuffs are getting better – it’s actually geting worse.  Given the Earth’s worsening condition due to climate change and all those stuffs – another typhoon worse than Ondoy’s destructive capacity can really hit hard . But, we can control our response and preparedness. It depends if we make the necessary adjustments in time for “the next big one”. Let us be proactive and level up our disaster preparedness – let’s not waste it.

As Super Gatbu and Mayor Del say, “Laging Handa”  (they’re both boy scouts by the way)– and increase our chances of surviving.

But what exactly are those things that would come in handy should disaster strike?

Come take a look at Super Gatbu’s emergency kit, and you shall find out.