Brgy. Bagong Silangan in QC prepares evacuation center in view of Typhoon Ambo
Marje Pelayo • May 15, 2020 • 1143
MANILA, Philippines — Residents in Tumana area, a low-lying portion of Bagong Silangan in Quezon City, are among the very first to evacuate during the onset of a tropical cyclone.
Around 300 families reside in the area.
As Typhoon Ambo drenches Metro Manila and nearby provinces, the Quezon City local government has prepared evacuation centers where affected residents may temporarily stay.
One of them is a covered court in Sitio Kumunoy in Bagong Silangan where 10 modular tents are installed.
Each tent may accomodate up to 5 family members.
According to some residents, the worst flood that they have experienced was during the onslaught of Typhoon Ondoy.
“Nag-e-evacutate kami agad. Iyong mga gamit namin inilalagay namin sa [third floor] kasi tumataas ang tubig, (We evacuate immediately. We placed our belongings on the third floor because the floodwater was rising),” said Josephine Reynon, a resident in Tumana area,
Chesnaroys dela Torre said they have learned their lesson so they do not think twice anymore when going to evacuation centers.
“Nag-iingat na rin po kmi. Parang nadadala na kami kaya tingin-tingin kami na kapag tatlong araw na yung ulan, tumataas na po kami (We are cautious now. We have learned from the past so we now observe: if it’s three straight days of rain, we evacuate),” Dela Torre said.
Chesnaroys said they have small bancas on standby if needed.
QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Myke Marasigan expressed concern over the possible surge of floodwater coming from the Sierra Madre mountain range that is part of Typhoon Ambo’s track.
“Kahit walang ulan dito kapag bumaba na ang tubig na binuhos sa upstream ay dadaan dito sa San Mateo River na nagdudulot ng pagbaha dito sa Bagong Silangan (Even without rains, whenever upstream water runs down to San Mateo River, it causes flood in Bagong Silangan), ” Marasigan said.
Nevertheless, Marasigan said they will ensure that residents will be placed on safer grounds.
Likewise, he stressed that in view of the current pandemic on coronavirus disease (COVID-19), certain protocols are in place to make sure that none of the evacuees is a carrier of novel coronavirus.
For one, strict social distancing measures will be observed to prevent potential spread of diseases especially COVID-19.
The QCDRRMO meanwhile is also monitoring situations in Barangays Roxas, Tatalon, Sto. Domingo, Apolonio Samson and Araneta Avenue for possible flooding in view of the heavy downpour brought about by Typhoon Ambo. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)
Minors aged 17 and below are now allowed to go to Quezon Memorial Circle, the Quezon City government said.
In an advisory, the city government said that minors will now be allowed to take a stroll in the park provided that they are accompanied by their parent or guardian at all times.
It, however, said that the park will only accommodate up to 30 percent of its capacity.
The Metro Manila Council (MMC) earlier said that the intrazonal and interzonal travel of minors is now allowed as long as they are accompanied by adults.
The easing of travel restrictions for minors follows the government’s move to place Metro Manila under COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from October 16 to 31.
Under Alert Level 3, more establishments have been allowed to resume operations at 30 percent capacity for fully vaccinated individuals, and 50 percent outdoor capacity, provided that all employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The Quezon City government on Tuesday announced that pig and poultry raising will now be prohibited in the city.
In a statement, the city government said the policy is contained under City Ordinance 2990-2020, which was passed in a bid to protect residents from various public health issues.
The ordinance, authored by Councilors Franz Pumaren, Diorella Maria Sotto-Antonio, and Eric Medina, stated that no piggery or poultry farm for the purposes of food or meat production should be allowed within the territorial jurisdiction of the city.
City Veterinary Department head Dr. Ana Marie Cabel said that aside from operating in an urban area, backyard piggeries also violate various environmental and sanitation guidelines.
Backyard poultry and piggeries also tend to pollute tributaries because such businesses often allow waste to flow into riverways, she added.
The Quezon City Zoning Ordinance also prohibits piggeries and poultries as the city doesn’t have any agricultural or rural zones that allow pig or poultry raising.
The city government noted that 14 out of 17 barangays that previously had backyard farms and piggeries have phased these out, citing data from City Veterinary Department.
“As of today, there are only three barangays (Payatas, Sta. Lucia and Old Balara) with 26 piggeries. They vowed to close these down by November 2021,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said in the same statement.
“Bago sila magsara, sisiguraduhin natin na mababawi nila ‘yung dapat nilang kita at bibigyan sila ng alternative na pangkabuhayan para magkaroon sila ng iba pang source of income para sa kanilang pamilya,” she added.
The city government assured to provide livelihood options for poultry and hog raisers who will be affected by the local policy through its Small Business Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office.
The Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane reopened on Monday to ease heavy traffic along Commonwealth Avenue going to Philcoa and Elliptical Road, the Quezon City government said.
In an advisory, the city government said that the zipper lane will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday to vehicles bound for the University of the Philippines, C.P. Garcia Avenue, and Katipunan Avenue.
“Bilang tugon sa bumibigat na daloy ng trapiko tuwing umaga sa kahabaan ng Commonwealth Avenue patungong Philcoa at Elliptical Road, muling bubuksan ng Pamahalaang Lungsod Quezon, sa tulong ng MMDA at EEI, ang Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane,” it said.
The zipper lane will start at UP Techno-Hub slot and end at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and University Avenue by the entrance to the UP Campus.
“Magsisilbi itong ‘by-pass’ para sa mga bumabaybay ng Commonwealth Avenue na nais magtungong UP, C.P. Garcia Avenue, at Katipunan Avenue, upang maiwasan ang Philcoa at Elliptical Road,” the city government said.
“Para sa mga nais gumamit ng Commonwealth-University Avenue Zipper Lane, at sa iba pang apektadong motorista, sundan po natin ang mga Traffic Enforcers ng Quezon City Task Force on Transport and Traffic Management, at ang mga ilalatag na Road Safety Signages,” it added.
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