CONCERTED efforts of four mayors in the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA) proved effective and overwhelming as minor problems were encountered when the latest typhoon Maring struck.
Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan, Malabon City Mayor Len-Len Oreta, Navotas City Mayor John Rey Tiangco and Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian in separate interviews said they have already set up their respective disaster management councils in anticipation of any calamity that may strike in their localities.
In order to make sure that all the vital things like evacuation centers and relief goods are ready for their constituents, they have pooled and maximized their resources with the assistance of their respective personnel and volunteers.
In Navotas City, public information officer Irish Cubillan said more than 40 pumping stations has established strategically all over the coastal city to help alleviate flooding which is the main problem that left thousands of residents evacuated to higher grounds.
In Malabon City where many roads and streets were flooded, the city hall personnel and volunteers were out to extend help to those affected especially public commuters. The city public information office head, Bong Padua, said their evacuation centers were always ready but there was no single occupant since the city government have made an early preparation for the coming typhoon.
In Valenzuela City, top public information officers Zyan Caiña and Jomel Gonzaga said about 50 plastic boats were on standby as the mayor was in constant communication with the barangay officials so that he would be aware if there are residents who need to be transferred to several evacuation centers all over the city.
They said there were few families that voluntarily evacuated themselves especially in Bgys. Marulas and Veinte Reales who were provided with food packs, comfort kit and medicines, among others.