QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered the purchase of more rescue boats following the recent heavy torrential rains that caused massive flooding not only in the city but the entire Metro Manila.
Bautista, in a directive to the local city Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said it needs to buy more rescue boats to be deployed in flood-prone barangays. He noted that as of the moment, the city’s low-lying communities have at least one rescue boat pre-positioned from the city government.
According to Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office officer-in-charge Edward Castillo Jr., Bautista wants to acquire 20 more boats that will be distributed in barangays along the flood prone Araneta Avenue.
“Ang instructions ni Mayor, kailangan bumili pa tayo ng karagdagang 20 boats para ipamahagi sa mga barangay na bahain, lalo na sa mga barangay along Araneta Avenue. Bibigyan natin ‘yung mga nasabing barangay ng tig-tatatlo,” Castillo said.
Among the most flood prone and poor barangays in QC lines up along Araneta Avenue and these include Doña Imelda, Tatalon, Roxas, Talayan, and Damayan. The additional rescue boats will be pre-positioned in each barangay to speed up rescue operations.
“Ang ibibigay natin sa mga barangay ay mga bangka na made of fiberglass. Matibay na klase kasi ‘yon at pang matagalan na,” Castillo said.
Masyadong mabigat at mahirap i-transport sa operations natin ang bangka na completely made of fiberglass kaya ang hihingiin namin ay ‘yung rubber boats na may fiberglass sa ilalim para kahit papaano ay madaling dalhin at matibay pa rin,” Castillo explained.