All national roads and bridges affected by quake now open to the public—DPWH
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Thursday (April 25) that all national roads and bridges affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake are now open to the public.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that their Quick Response Teams were deployed to “undertake structural assessment and ensure safety of national roads and public buildings in Regions III, IV-A, National Capital Region, Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental.”
“As early as Wednesday afternoon, we were able to repair and open Consuelo Bridge in Floridablanca, Pampanga to light vehicles. Assessments of other infrastructure are also being conducted in the entire Central Luzon,” said Secretary Villar.
The department also opened East Lateral Mega Dike in Bacolor and the Sasmuan-Lubao Road.
However, the lane in front of Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) on UN Avenue, Manila is still cordoned off to one (1) lane. This is to avoid any possible accidents or impact due to the leaning building.
The DPWH has conducted inspection on 275 national bridges, flyovers, and viaducts, 452 school buildings, and 142 other public buildings in NCR.
Among the schools they inspected, three school buildings in Metro Manila were recommended for immediate structural evaluation.
“We are working closely with other national government agencies and stakeholders to ensure that our disaster preparedness, response, and rehabilitation programs are efficient,” Villar.—Aileen Cerrudo
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has laid out a contingency plan in case of an earthquake or any emergency during the election day on May 13.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is tasked to make sure that no voters will be left inside the polling precinct in case of an earthquake; while the Board of Election Inspectors are tasked to secure the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) and ballots inside it.
“Ultimately the most important consideration here is the safety of the voting public. And we want to make sure that if there are voting precincts operating in those areas, that they should be safe and that they have not been damaged either by the primary quake or the aftershocks,” Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said.
He added, “If the VCMs cannot be taken out or the VCMs cannot be protected, then the school is locked down.”
The police is also under the instruction to secure the polling place.
For emergency cases like earthquakes and other calamities, Comelec will have to declare a failure of elections. However, this will depend on the severity of its effect in the country.
Meanwhile, Comelec has warned the public not to easily believe posts online such as the viral video that showed pre-shaded ballots.
Jimenez clarified that these ballots are fake, and he refuted the claim of the video uploader that the VCM will read votes detected by UV light.
“Iyong idea na mababasa ng makina iyong UV mark doon sa bilog sa tabi ng pangalan is wrong. Iyong ating scanner ay nagbabasa ng visible marks. Kailangan niyang makita iyong marka. Ang UV mark ay invisible. The fact that some names were supposedly had pre- shaded, pre- shading. Obviously political agenda ang nasa ilalim nito, (The idea that the machine will read UV marks in the circle is wrong. Our scanner reads visible marks. It needs to see the mark. UV marks are invisible. Obviously there is a political agenda under it),” he said.—(with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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