The rains of Typhoon Chedeng are seemingly upon us, prompting the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to deploy its Disaster Quick-Response Teams to the identified critical sections on nation roads in Western Visayas, Bicol Region, Cagayan Valley Region and Northern Luzon.
DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson has directed the quick-response team through the respective DPWH regional and district offices to submit to his office a copy of the department's Bureau of Maintenance situational reports on major and secondary national roads and bridges every six hours during calamities "to effect (a) timely and expeditious response."
As a preventive measure, DPWH undersecretary for regional operations Romeo reported that the regional and district offices have already conducted drainage declogging and vegetation-control operations along national highways to prevent flood during the rainy season.
"PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) has already warned that there is a possibility that Typhoon Chedeng may (bring) heavier rains compared to typhoon Milenyo, that's why we must double our efforts to assure the public's safety and to assure immediate rescue and relief operation during calamity," said Singson.
DPWH Quick-Response Teams are road maintenance crew composed of mechanics who are equipped with debris-clearing equipment like chainsaws and portable rechargeable lights, dump trucks and backhoes for landslide-clearing operations, and service vehicles for quick response on emergency road situations.
Here are hotlines posted by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council
+63917 733-4256 or +632 734-2118 or +632 734-2120
PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration)
+632 433-ULAN (8526)
Department of Public Works and Highways
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)
Bureau of Fire Protection, National Capital Region
+632 729-5166 or +632 407-1203
Philippine National Red Cross
143 or +632 911-1876
Meralco (Manila Electric Co.)
16211 +36917 559-2824
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