The Quezon City government is helping the National Housing Authority relocate families living along the waterways and other hazard-prone areas to save lives during the rainy season.
Maria Bianca Perez, the city’s Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Office’s Research and Planning chief, said they have already been implementing the effort even before the death of two informal settlers living under a bridge during Saturday’s flash flood.
Mayor Joy Belmonte vowed to extend assistance help the relatives of the two victims whose bodies were found in Parkway Village in Barangay Apolonio Samson and Barangay Bahay Toro.
“The city will assist the NHA to fulfill its mandate to relocate those living along danger zones. So no more lives will be lost as weather becomes more adverse as a result of climate change,” Perez said.
The relocation of families living in high-risk areas is one of the city’s urgent priorities under its drainage master plan.
“Interventions as to where such families would be relocated formed part of our master plan as well as the enhancement of early warning systems within the communities,” Perez said.
The DRRMO is working closely with the city’s Housing Community Development and Resettlement Department for the transfer of these families to various relocation sites established by the city government.
Apart from the relocation of families living in high-risk areas, the drainage master plan also includes implementation of key infrastructure projects to mitigate flooding in the city.
According to Perez, the DRRMO officials met with various village officials and concerned city departments last Monday, and all agreed to revisit the DRRM plan of every barangay, including their infrastructure projects.