A PORTION of a wall of a government hospital in Quezon City collapsed at the height of the downpour spawned by Tropical Storm “Salome” on Thursday night although no casualties were reported.
Damaged, however, were three vehicles parked near the 30-meter wall of the Quirino Memorial Medical Center (QMMC).
“It so happened that last night, the heavy rainfall of ‘Salome,’ along with the strong winds caused the collapse to the parked cars,” Administrative Officer V for General Services Section Jeffrick Parungao said.
Parungao said the hospital has no liability to the damaged vehicles as they were parked illegally in the area.
“There is none [liability]because first of all, they are illegally parked. They are always being told about it and to their luck, their vehicles got damaged,” he said.
“A lot of vehicles were being towed by the MMDA [Metro Manila Development Authority] there. But after they were towed by the MMDA, for example, two or three [vehicles], after two hours they will come back,” he added.
The three damaged vehicles were a Toyota Innova, a Fortuner and an Avanza and authorities were able to remove them from the rubble during clearing operations.
The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) informed Parungao that another 15-meter section of the same wall may also collapse if not strengthened.
Parungao said the wall along P. Tuazon corner Katipunan Avenue Extension would be reconstructed with stronger materials.
“We will reconstruct the walls and we will use hollow blocks with metal inside so it will be strong. We will also retrofit with the walls of Quirino,” he said.
Founded in 1953, QMMC was formerly known as the Labor Hospital.