|Quezon City Prepares Rainy Days Emergency Response Team|
As further preparation for the coming rainy season,all District Offices of the Quezon City Engineering Department will have 24/7 emergency team for immediate response in times of disasters and calamities.The emegency response teams are equipted with new tools and equipments such as branch cutters and ladders; chainsaw and bolos, spades/shovels, rubber boots, flood lights, all-weather flashlights, hard hats, life vests, raincoats and other manual declogging equipment.
The Engineering Department had also purchased walking excavator for used in water ways desilting as well as 2 units Camel Declogging Machine. Aquisition of aditional 3 units are being planned to boost the capabilty of the department.
In a report to the Mayor, city engineer Joselito Cabungcal said his department has already undertaken de-clogging, improved the drainage system and repaired collapsed manholes in all major roads in Quezon City.
This is in line with the orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista to prepare for the coming rainy days. As well as the responsibilities of the Task Force Waterways which was created to work for a flood-free QC. Task Force Waterways was created to develop and maintain a comprehensive, structured and sustainable response to the city's perennial flood problem.
The task force is tasked to undertake the de-clogging of waterways such as rivers and creeks and major canals by dredging and clearing of embarkment for a free flow drainage water as well as rain water; survey boundaries of waterways and adjoining lots; estimate volume of accumulated earth mound silt and debris to be removed and alsoclearing of trees, bushes and extended structures. The implementation of dredging and clearing; disposal of dredged materials.
The task force is also tasked to conduct a comprehensive inventory or survey of the city's waterways; draw-up a comprehensive, long-range plan to address all the problems raised or revealed by the survey and setup an organization needed to implement the plan, complete with field personnel, dredging equipment, service vehicles.
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