Tornado rips through Manila and QC

admin   •   August 15, 2016   •   6668

Twister ripped off the roof of a few houses and establishments in Manila and Quezon City

MANILA, Philippines —The formation of a tornado and its onslaught on the city was vividly captured in the cellphone videos of Michael Siao and Karen Madrigal.

The twister ripped off the roof of a few houses and establishments in Manila and Quezon City.

Based on the report of Brgy 649 Disaster Risk Management Office, an estimated 100 houses in Baseco Compound, Port Area, Manila were affected by the tornado.

Vic Capili, a resident, recalled looking up and seeing pieces of plywood soaring to the sky.

Biglang bumaba yung buhawi sir papunta dito kaya tangay lahat yan. Ang daming puno ng saging bumuwag,” added Capili.

(The tornado suddenly came down this way and carried away everything. A lot of banana plants were destroyed.)

Affected areas lost power when the tornado took down several Meralco electric posts.

Meralco is currently working on restoring power immediately.

The streets were peppered with wooden scraps, garbage and uprooted trees at the twister’s aftermath.

Despite his injury from a falling tree, Jun Alparo, a resident, is still lucky to have survived after being physically dragged by the punishing force of nature.

Hinatak ako ron, nakarating ako dun sa ano eh. Nadaganan ako ng puno eh,” he said.

(I was pulled and carried off some distance. A tree fell on me.)

Aside from devastated houses, affected residents are also burdened with lack of water supply.

They are calling on local governments to help them with the immediate rehabilitation of their homes before the next storm hits. (MACKY LIBRADILLA/ UNTV News and Rescue)

Quezon City Hall of Justice closed after 4 personnel contract COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Hall of Justice building and its annex will be temporarily shut down after four of its court officers and employees tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the city government announced on Friday.

The city government said Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered the closure of the buildings for seven days of until the city’s Epidemiological and Disease Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) has completed the appropriate testing and containment measures.

In her letter to Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert and Metropolitan Trial Court Executive Judge Ace Alagar, Belmonte explained that her decision to temporarily shut down the Hall of Justice is to enforce measures during epidemic or outbreak to prevent spread of disease.

QC-ESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said they will conduct exhaustive contact tracing of all those who were in close contact with the court officers and employees who were found positive and perform follow-up testing as necessary.

Suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases shall be placed on home quarantine or isolation in a quarantine facility as feasible under the circumstances, he added.

Meanwhile, the city’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) started the thorough surface disinfection and misting of the whole City Hall complex.

The agency said the disinfection began on Thursday and will last until Sunday.

QC to conduct contact tracing after mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 9, 2020

The Quezon City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) on Thursday said it will conduct a contact tracing on those who recently had direct contact with Mayor Joy Belmonte and two other employees who tested positive for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

QCESU head Dr. Rolly Cruz said employees who had contact with Belmonte and the two other staff will undergo swab testing, especially those working on the third and 14th floors of the city hall.

“Other people who had direct contact with the Mayor and the two other employees, including visitors, will also undergo swab testing,” Cruz said.

“Employees who will be tested need to undergo home quarantine until results are released as part of protocol,” said Cruz, adding that results will be out in three days.

Belmonte earlier said she is not manifesting symptoms of COVID-19 and that her office have already been closed for disinfection.

Other parts of the city hall will also undergo sanitation but operations will remain normal as not all employees came in direct contact with the mayor in the past few days.

Belmonte also assured she will continue to discharge her duties and functions as mayor even under quarantine through various alternative work arrangements.

DILG-Napolcom building in QC on 7-day lockdown

Marje Pelayo   •   July 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) building along EDSA opposite the MRT-3 Quezon Avenue Station has been placed under seven-day lockdown starting Monday (July 6).

The lockdown was declared after a senior official of the Department tested positive for COVID-19.

According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, disinfection measures will be implemented while the building is on lockdown.

Contact tracing will also be conducted among employees to determine if there are other carriers of the disease.

DILG is now in the process of setting up work-from-home arrangements for its personnel and advises the public to transact all concerns through the Department’s online platforms posted on its website


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