Gov’t agencies offer free rides to stranded commuters

Published July 17, 2018, 8:37 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Alexandria Dennise San Juan

Various government agencies offered free rides to stranded commuters on flooded streets in Metro Manila.

Commuters are Stranded from a gutter deep flooding along Taft Ave in Manila as tropical storm Henry passes by the country early tuesday. (Photo by ali vicoy)

The Joint Quick Response Team for Transportation dispatched military trucks on different portions of flooded Metro Manila.

The team was composed of the Department of Transportation, Metro Manila Development Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Health.

Two Philippine Coast Guard trucks were dispatched at LRT Line 1 R. Papa Station to transport stranded passengers up to Pedro Gil Street via Taft Avenue.

The JQRT also send off two military trucks from AFP Joint Task Force-National Capital Region in Mandaluyong Circle towards EDSA, while four military trucks ferry passengers in Batasan to Fairview in Quezon City.

Some government trucks and a bus were also put on standby to ferry stranded commuters.

Due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Henry, the Quezon City Local Government suspended classes in all levels, as well as work in public offices yesterday.

The weather disturbance also brought floods on parts of Quezon City.

The QC Risk Reduction and Management Office recorded gutter-deep floods along Quezon Avenue, Araneta Avenue, Bayani and Kapiligan Streets in Barangay Doña Imelda, and Gumamela Street in Barangay Roxas as of 9 a.m.

The office also noted knee-deep flood along E. Rodriguez, and waist-deep flood in Barangay Del Monte.