CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had sent disaster response vehicles and equipment to assist in the road clearing operations and evacuation efforts in Batangas.
The logistics came from four of the DPWH District Engineering Offices in Central Luzon. These will be deployed in Tanauan City and the Municipality of Lemery in Batangas.
DPWH Regional Director Roseller Tolentino said heavy equipment operators, field engineers, two units of road grader, two units of payloader, two units 10-tonner dump trucks, one unit five-tonner dump truck, one unit L-300 FB, and one unit flood mitigation equipment were deployed to the calamity-stricken areas of Batangas.
Heavy equipment from the Pampanga first and third district engineering offices (DEOs), as well as those from Bulacan first and Bulacan second DEOs have aided in the evacuation of Batangueños residing in barangays located within the 14-kilometer danger zone, the DPWH said.
But according to Nueva Ecija Area Engr. Edwin L. Lopez, designated team leader by the Bureau of Equipment, the road clearing operations were temporarily suspended since Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
"It was reported that all our resources like our people from the Bulacan and Pampanga DEOs and the Equipment Management Division, and our equipment were already pre-positioned and were put on standby until a clearance is given to proceed with the road clearing and cleaning of the ashfall covered roads," Tolentino said.