MANILA The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) called on barangay (village) officials to take care of the equipment issued by the city government, especially those being used in rescue operations.
QCDRRMO Officer-in-Charge Edward Castillo Jr. said days before the onslaught of monsoon rains enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding, they conducted a series of inspections on pre-positioned rescue equipment in flood-prone barangays.
During the inspection, Castillo said some of the rescue boats were found to be no longer mission-capable due to wear and tear and improper storage and maintenance.
Sa mga barangay, sana i-maintain at alagaan natin 'yung mga bangka para kapag dumating 'yung oras na kailanganin, ang mga ito'y maari pa nating magamit (To barangays, let us maintain and safeguard the boats so that when the time comes that they are needed, we can still use them), he said.
The Quezon City local government owns at least 20 fiberglass flat-bottom boats, 10 of which have been distributed and pre-positioned in flood-prone barangays such as Roxas, Talayan, Tatalon, Damayan Lagi, DoAa Imelda and Bagong Silangan.
The city government continuously provides training and medical and rescue equipment, including the 142 Level 1 ambulances and rescue boats, to rescuers to boost their capability,
For low-lying barangays, their personnel undergo water search and rescue training while an Earthquake Preparedness and Landslide Search and Rescue Orientation Course is given to village officials whose areas have been transected by the West Valley Fault. (PNA)
Source: Philippine News Agency