Thursday July 19, 2018

Remove tarps during bad weather, ad firms told

CEBU City’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CCDRRMO) wants advertising companies to remove tarpaulins from their billboards when there’s bad weather.

This came after personnel from Bureau of Fire Protection 7 responded yesterday to reports of a tilting billboard across the Cebu South Bus Terminal along N. Bacalso Ave.

Nagiel Bañacia, CCDRRMO chief, told SunStar Cebu that taking down canvasses and tarpaulins is a responsibility of advertisers, especially when a storm signal warning has been raised by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

“It’s already in their standard protocol to take down their advertising materials if there’s bad weather. They should be mindful of that. If they will leave their materials up and the weather gets worse, it could pose danger to the public. Those materials are huge and could be hazardous,” he said.

Councilor Dave Tumulak described the tilting billboard as an “accident waiting to happen.”

The councilor, though, said that Global Advertising, the owner of the billboard, assured him that they will fix the structure and roll off their tarpaulin.

Concerned social media users also pointed out other dilapidated structures that may cause danger if not acted upon immediately.

One concerned citizen said that a bent post close to where a road construction on the South Road Properties may endanger the lives of the motorists if not fixed.

Tumulak assured that the City Government will look into these dilapidated structures. (RTF)