By Erma Edera
Army and Navy reservists stationed in Manila are ready to assist the new city government in times of disasters, Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said after a courtesy call made by officials from the Army Reserve Command and Naval Reserve Command at the Manila City Hall on Wednesday.
Earlier, disaster response officials admitted to Domagoso that Manila is not ready in case “The Big One” or a magnitude 7.2 earthquake jolts the nation’s capital.
In a press conference, the Manila Mayor said Army and Navy reservists would collaborate with barangay chiefs and the city government’s offices for disaster response and social welfare.
“The Army and Navy are already stationed here in Manila. Some of them are stationed in one of the field offices of the MDRRMO (Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office),” Domagoso said.
“Nakiisuyo kami sa mga reservist for some logistical support and manpower support,” he said. “They are now going to collaborate.”
Domagoso assured the public that the city government would tap all available resources amid reports of Manila’s financial woes that were allegedly left by the previous administration.
Likewise, the city government also received an initial report from the Commission on Audit showing notices of disallowance, suspension and unliquidated cash advances worth P141 million from the previous administration.
“Malaking magagawa sana (ng mga pera na ito) because preparation costs money. In preparation, you only mitigate (the damage) at the very least,” Domagoso said.
“We are really trying to squeeze all available resources, If given a chance, sana kayanin natin, bilang Pamahalaang Lungsod ng Maynila, kung meron mang sakuna,” he said.