QC Mayor Herbert Bautista commends local Disaster Council for Ompong readiness

QC Mayor Herbert Bautista while presiding the QC-DRRMC meeting last Sunday. Photo by QC PAISO

QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista on Sunday has commended the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for its proactive approach in preparing the city for super typhoon Ompong which led to zero casualty.

I congratulate you for all your efforts in helping make our city resilient. Our early warning, preemptive evacuation and pre-positioning of assets did us well. We did our best, but we still can do better in the future,” Mayor Bautista said during the meeting of the QC DRRM Council.

Quezon City’s emergency services and disaster response and relief clusters were on full alert since Friday until early Sunday evening.

Over 500 personnel from different departments of the city government and reinforced by volunteers from the military’s Joint Task Force NCR, Quezon City Police District, Bureau of Fire Protection, 1502nd Army Ready Reserve Brigade were on standby and mission-ready during the full alert period.

No typhoon-related casualties were reported. A 10-year-old boy was however, reported missing in Barangay Silangan.

A total of 1,413 families or 6,266 individuals from nine flood-prone barangays sought shelter in evacuation centers and were provided hot meals by the QC Social Services Development Department.

All of the city’s health centers were open 24 hours during the alert period.

Disaster action teams were kept busy responding to reports of fallen trees. The city’s Emergency Operations Center recorded at least 20 incidents of uprooted trees and toppled utility poles during the alert period.

 

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