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MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday launched a rescue unit composed of about 1,000 personnel trained to respond to major disasters that would hit the metropolis.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the unit, called the “MMDA Rescue Battalion,” is equipped to respond in a “moment’s notice” to any site in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

“This rescue battalion has special equipment and training. They will be deployed to critical areas where their skills are needed,” said Tolentino, who is the rescue unit’s commander.



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