As the rainy season in the country sets in, concerned government agencies have implemented measures to prepare for typhoons and floods, Malacanang said on Wednesday.
“We have prepared for these,” assured Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a Palace press briefing on Wednesday.
Lacierda said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) undertook extensive diggings and created catchment area in Blumentritt along Espana Boulevard.
He said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also ensured that floodwater pumping stations are going to function properly come the rainy season.
“Plus, the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) is all (geared up). The DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development), in terms of typhoon preparedness, we are able to pre-position the goods,” he added.
Lacierda said the facilities of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) have been upgraded.
“So, our PAGASA, our weather bureau, is performing marvelously in terms of identifying the areas where a certain storm will hit,” he said.
“We made sure that informal settlers will be taken out of harm’s way. And we are also making sure that in the low levels, the waters will go down as fast as possible because of the constructions that we have made to ensure floods will not stay there, or should recede as fast as possible,” he added. PNA