By APD writer Melo M. Acuna
MANILA, Sep. 11(APD) – Regional and District engineering offices under the Department of Public Works and Highways have been alerted and tasked to do preparatory activities to mitigate possible damages from the approaching super typhoon “Ompong” with an international name of “Mangkhut.”
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Secretary Mark A. Villar issued a memorandum directing the mobilization of regional and district disaster response teams across the country to ensure structural integrity of vital roads, bridges and high-rise public buildings.
They have been ordered to coordinate with officials from the country’s weather bureau known as PAGASA, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police and local government units and deploy on strategic locations heavy equipment and the required logistical needs. They have been required to submit situation reports of national roads and bridges every six (6) hours and provide prompt assistance during the typhoon.
Heavy equipment and personnel have been assigned to vital road sections and landslide-prone areas and conduct prompt clearing operation and immediate restoration of collapsed bridges and unpassable roads to assure disaster relief operatives of easy access to possible calamity hit areas.
These teams will also perform initial damage assessment and provide the national office the detailed information on damaged structures along with cost estimates for the restoration of calamity-hit structures.
(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)