Quezon City ready to respond to any emergencies this rainy season.

MANILA-- QC Disaster Risk Reduction Management chief Karl Michael Marasigan on Thursday said their quick response team is always ready to be deployed in cases of emergency as they have been placed on constant yellow or standby alert since the weather bureau, PAGASA, declared the start of the rainy season last May 30.

Rescue boats have been pre-positioned in several flood-prone areas in the city in case residents need to be evacuated from their houses due to floods.

The QC DRRMO convened an emergency meeting of its technical working group to make a quick assessment of the city government's state of preparedness due to heavy rains that occur nearly each day.

Daisy Ortega, senior weather specialist of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, who attended the meeting, said weathermen expect six to nine tropical cyclones in the next three to four months. Ortega reiterated that although this is just a forecast and might change over time, the probability of the occurrence of these tropical cyclones is still high.

Representatives of member agencies of the TWG presented their respective plans in the event of floods, controlling disease outbreaks, and heavy traffic brought about by heavy rainfall.

The Social Services Development Department has prepared a stockpile of goods for at least 100 families.

Asst. City Engineer Robert L. said engineering teams have been declogging waterways to improve drainage and make floodwaters subside faster while the Parks Department and the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) have been trimming trees to prevent falling debris.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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