By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — The Quezon City government recorded zero casualties on the onslaught of Typhoon Paeng over the weekend.
In an official statement, the city government attributed the good news to the cooperation of QCitizens as they followed the city’s early preventive evacuation and other safety measures being implemented.
“Dahil sa inyong pakikiisa, ZERO CASUALTY muli ang lungsod sa nagdaang bagyo. Sa kasagsagan ng forced at preemptive evacuation, umabot sa halos 11,000 ang ating inilikas (Because of your cooperation the city once again recorded zero casualty in the aftermath of typhoon. On the peak of forced and preemptive evacuation, rescued individuals almost reached 11,000),” the statement said.
All of the evacuees received family food packs, hot meals, and a comfortable place to sleep. Doctors also checked them up.
The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) began to issue their official clearances to release the evacuees at noontime yesterday (October 30). Some areas that still have floods stayed as they waited for the water to subside.
The city expressed its gratitude to the first responders which include the Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO), the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management (QC-TFTTM), Task Force Disiplina, City Health Department (CHD), Quezon City Task Force Street Light (QCTFSL), Quezon City Police District (QCPD) particularly their District Explosive Ordnance Disposal Canine Unit (DECU) and Mobile Force Battalion (DMFB).
Other departments that also contributed to rescuing and relief operations were the City Engineering Department, Radio Communication Department, District Officers, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Sanitation and Clean up Works of QC (DSQC), General Services Department (GSD), Social Services Development Department (SSDD), Department of Building Official (DBO), Office of the City Mayor (OCM), Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD), Barangay and Community Relations Department (BCRD), barangay officials and staff from 142 barangays, Rotary Club, Philippine Red Cross, and other volunteer groups and employees of the local government. (ai/mtvn)