'Bistek' orders massive clean-up in QC


Posted at Aug 09 2012 05:35 PM | Updated as of Aug 10 2012 07:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Quezon City launched a clean-up operation on Thursday to clear the city’s major roads and thoroughfares of debris from the recent floods.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista ordered the massive clean-up, which will start in areas submerged in deep floodwaters, particularly Barangay Damayang Lagi along E. Rodriguez Avenue, G. Araneta Avenue, and West Riverside St. in Barangay Don Antonio.

Bautista also appealed to Quezon City residents for their cooperation.

The city's Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department (EPWMD) will deploy around 700 personnel and 200 dump trucks for the operation.

EPWMD head Frederika Rentoy said the clean-up drive may last for two weeks as thick mud and garbage swept by the floods piled on the streets.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct road repair in areas damaged by the floods.

The DPWH said it will begin fixing roads in Commonwealth, Quezon Avenue, Roxas Blvd. and C5 Road.

The Quezon City South Engineering District will focus on potholes along EDSA and MacArthur Highway. -- With a report from dzMM