MMDA personnel train as embalmers in preparation for disasters

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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be sending at least five of its traffic personnel to train as embalmers with the Philippine Mortuary Association (PMA).

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This was announced by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino in an interview with the media on Monday.

Tolentino said the project will be implemented after the MMDA and the PMA sign a memorandum of agreement for the training of the traffic enforcers.

He likewise said that the Department of Health (DOH) will accredit the traffic enforcers for the training  which will prepare the MMDA personnel for their conduct of duties during disasters.

The InterAksyon reported that based on the MOA,  the PMA will provide the MMDA a list of funeral vehicles they will use in retrieval operations during disasters so the vehicles becomes exempted from the number coding scheme.

According to Tolentino, the services of morticians and funeral parlors in disasters are very important because they will be the one in charge of the management of the d**d.

The MMDA chairman has also stressed the need to establish the corresponding responsibilities for every sector involved in disaster preparedness and management even as he said that each and everyone should be ready to provide necessary services to the public, especially in times of disaster.

Tolentino also shared that the MMDA has been continuously coordinating with local government units (LGUs) and concerned government agencies in preparation for the Metro wide earthquake drill slated on July 30.

The MMDA has likewise enjoined the participation of the Philippine Coast Guard(PCG), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

The National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) will be taking charge of the information dissemination by conducting a text blast two hours before and two days before the drill.