Monday, October 18, 2010

Q.C. ready for Typhoon Juan - Mayor Herbert Bautista

Quezon City (18 October) -- The City government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has placed on alert level status the city's disaster risk reduction management council to ensure the safety and protection of QC residents against any eventuality brought about by typhoon "Juan."

The Mayor ordered families occupying danger zones and other high-risk areas to move to safer grounds to minimize loss of lives and properties, especially during flashfloods.

According to the city's department of public order and safety, families living under the bridge and near waterways are facing greater risks.

"We have to make sure that we are ready against any eventuality," the Mayor said.

The Mayor's directive also covered the rolling of billboards installed along the city's major roads and thoroughfares.

Emergency response teams of the city government were placed on 24/7 standy alert as early as Friday last week in anticipation for typhoon "Juan."

Mobilized were response teams from the department of public order and safety, engineering department, fire department, environmental protection and waste management department and the social services development department, which handles the city's relief assistance program.

While the typhoon may not directly affect Metro Manila, the Mayor cited as imperative the need to undertake precautionary measures to mitigate the ill-effects of calamities and other emergency situations on lives and properties.

To date, the Bautista administration is in the process of strengthening the city's disaster coordinating council in an effort to make it more response to the needs of the people. (PIA-MMIO)

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