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QC Rep. Castelo’s bill authorizes rescuers to ‘carnap’ vehicles

Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:40

Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winston Castelo has filed a bill authorizing government rescue personnel to commandeer or take possession of private vehicles and heavy equipment during calamities such as earthquake.

Castelo said House Bill 5803 would be a great help to the rescue teams especially in times of crisis when there are limited resources available.

“To enable them to discharge their duty of saving lives, MMDA (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority) should be authorized to commandeer any public or private vehicles and heavy equipment to carry out their rescue and search operations during calamities,” the lawmaker stressed.

He added government rescue teams should have a free hand to exercise their mandate of rescuing people.

Citing scientific studies, Castelo said the West Valley Fault is ripe for a major movement affecting Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

He expressed optimism that the private sectors, particularly those in construction business and heavy machinery, will allow the rescue groups to use their equipment to help the victims of earthquake.

Heavy equipment and machinery include bulldozer, backhoe, grader, pay loader, construction, and mining tractors.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) earlier warned that a possible 7.2 earthquake looms in the West Valley Fault along the eastern side of Metro Manila.

The West Valley Fault that runs from the heights of Sierra Madre down to Laguna crosses the eastern side of Quezon City, western side of Marikina, western part of Pasig, eastern part of Makati, parts of Taguig, and Muntinlupa.

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