The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to build a P25-million disaster preparedness training facility on the agency’s vacant property at the Carmona Sanitary Landfill in Cavite City.
The construction of the training center, with an area of more than one hectare, is targeted to start by the second quarter of 2023 and to be completed within the year.
“The training center aims to improve and institutionalize disaster response measures in the metropolis and to provide a safe, conducive, and controlled learning environment to capacitate individuals and stakeholders…[for the] effective management of emergency situations and all matters related that may occur in the face of a crisis,” said the MMDA.
It is also intended to brace rescuers for the possibility of “The Big One” or a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that could hit Metro Manila, according to the MMDA.
The training center “will initially cater to 17 Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (MDRRMOs), and will soon accommodate other government agencies, barangay auxiliaries, fire volunteer groups in the Metropolis, and rescuers from other provinces.”
It will be established with four training facilities such as a Rappelling tower, a Confined Space Structure, a Wrecked Building with Structure Rubble Pile, and a Pancake Collapsed Structure “which will provide training on real-life rescue scenarios.”
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