CSF-TMD removes uprooted trees along highway-A A +A
Sunday, October 13, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando’s Traffic Management Division (TMD) Friday early morning immediately removed seven uprooted Acacia trees along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Sindalan to prevent road accidents and ensure safety of motorists.
Falling leaves and branches were also cleared by TMD personnel as Typhoon Santi continued to pummel the city, starting Friday evening until late afternoon Saturday.
Earlier, just before Santi hit the city, Mayor Edwin Santiago had ordered the City Environment and Natural Resources Office to trim trees along the highway from Telabastagan to San Agustin.
“These initiatives are part of our disaster preparedness measures. What we are doing are pre-emptive strategies to lessen the harmful effects of natural disasters,” Santiago said.
For his part, TMD head Renato Pineda said that the city government is closely coordinating with the San Fernando Electric Light and Power Company (SFELAPCO) and Angeles Electric Corporation (AEC) on fallen and uprooted trees.
“We are closely coordinating with SFELAPCO and the AEC in the clearing of uprooted trees, especially those which fell on electric cable wires and posts to ensure the safety of vehicles passing through major thoroughfares such as the MacArthur Highway from Barangay Sindalan to Angeles City,” he said.
Meanwhile, the 24/7 emergency response team of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Division, including the San Fernando Rescue Unit stay on heightened alert as Santi continues to bring rains and spawn flash floods. The hotline 961-HELP (4357) remains open to receive emergency calls and disaster reports.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on October 13, 2013.