DPWH deploys disaster response teams

Published November 1, 2020, 7:21 PM

by Dhel Nazario

The  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has deployed Disaster Response Operation Teams in identified critical sections along national roads in the wake of the devastation brought by typhoon “Rolly”. 

Secretary Mark Villar said that DPWH has already mobilized the necessary equipment and manpower resources in potential risk areas particularly in Luzon that may be affected by the strongest typhoon to enter the country this year. 

“We are continuously monitoring all national roads and bridges for a possibility of heavier rains that may trigger flooding in flood-prone areas, falling of trees and landslide incidents in the mountain areas,” Villar said. 

In his report to the DPWH Secretary,  Senior Undersecretary for Luzon Operations Rafael C. Yabut said that DPWH Quick Response Team  were pre-positioned composed of road maintenance crew including mechanics, equipment such as water pump, chainsaw, tower lights and generator set for debris clearing operation; dump trucks, payloader, road grader and backhoe for landslide clearing operation; and service vehicles for quick response on emergency road situations. 

“The deployed maintenance personnel in every District Engineering Offices are ready  to effect a timely and expeditious response during the worst case scenario,” Yabut said.