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ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT: Tacloban, Leyte and Guiuan, Eastern Samar Clearing Operations

On November 12, the PCA-ACEL Team met with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region V Director Diquit to plan the clearing operation in Tacloban City. During the said meeting, the PCA and ACEL formed a team for the operation, gathered manpower and scheduled all the equipment that would be demployed on the site. The team started to deploy people for the assessment of road going to Tacloban.

On November 13, the team started mobilizing one payloader and one dumptruck at the site while the officer-in-charge coordinated with the officials of the DPWH for the fuel, security, disposal site, temporary staging area prior to clearing operation.

Clearing on the 14th started late at 3:00 P.M. due to lack of instruction from the DPWH. Upon verification, the team found out that the crew had already been turned over to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). The team opted to start clearing in safe areas and was able to accomplish 50 meters (both sides) at Sto. Nino Street, Tacloban City.

While the team worked on the area, the officer-in-charge coordinated with the Mayor’s Office for the operation the next day.

On November 15, another dump truck was mobilized at the clearing site. The team was able to accomplish 200 meters of road, 500 meters (both sides) at Sto. Nino Street going to West (Avenida Veteranos Street), 100 meters (both sides) Avenida Veteranos going to South (Paternos St.), and 50 meters (both sides) at Paternos Street going to West.

The minimal accomplishment was due to the obstruction of electrical wires and posts in the area, as well as the insufficiency of dump trucks for the disposal of debris.

The team accomplished another 200 meters (both sides) of road on November 16 at Paterno Street going to west of Sta. Cruz Street. Additional dump trucks were deployed to facilitate faster disposal of debris at San Juanico, which was 17 kilometers away from the clearing area. All in all, three dump trucks and payloaders were deployed in the area.

One dump truck was transferred to Palo, Leyte clearing site on November 17 to supplement the one unit of payloader and two units of dump trucks that were already operating in the area. That day, the team was able to accomplish 250 meters (both sides) at Burgos Street going to North (Avenida Rizal). The entrance of Sto. Nino Church which was 1.2 kilometers away from the clearing site was assigned as a temporary disposal area.

On November 18, the team cleared 500 meters (both sides) at P. Burgos Street going to Real Street, where they deployed an additional unit of wheel type backhoe to facilitate the operation. Narrow road in the area caused delays in the disposal of debris in front of Sto. Nino Church.  The team started clearing at 6:00 A.M. and finished at 8:00 P.M.

The following day, the team accomplished 400 meters (both sides) along P. Burgos Street where they deployed three dump trucks, one payloader and one backhoe. Overhead obstructions as well as the presence of sidewalk vendors were cited as the major obstructions in the operation.

That same day, additional workforce composed of 20 personnel was sent by PCA to man the additional set of equipment scheduled to arrive on the 20th. The team headed to Samar Project Campsite for briefing and orientation and stayed at the Barracks of CM Pancho and DMCI until the start of their clearing operations the next day.

On November 20, the team accomplished 400 meters (both sides) along Juan Luna Street. They mobilized three dump trucks, one payloader and one backhoe to facilitate the clearing operation which started at 6:00 A.M. and ended at 8:00 P.M.

On the 21st, the team accomplished a total length of 770 meters, including the 200 meters (both sides) at Juan Luna Street going to Independencia Street; 370 meters (both sides) along Senator Enage Street; and 200 meters (both sids) at Trece Martirez Street going to Mabini Street. The operational equipment they used in the clearing were two payloaders, four dump trucks and one wheel type backhoe.

During the operation, some local officials advised the team to stop disposing waste at the disposal site in front of Sto. Nino Church and transfer to Babatnon Disposal Site instead, which was 17 kilometers away from the clearing site. The team cited electric wires and posts as the major reasons why they could not accomplish more.

On the 22nd, the team did not accomplish anything as they started to mobilize to Guiuan, Eastern Samar all the equipment that they would use for the clearing operation on the 23rd, which included one unit of payloader, one wheel type backhoe, two tower lights, one elf truck and three chainsaws.

In the morning of November 23, the team had a meeting with Mayor Gonzales of Guiuan to discuss the priority areas to be cleared. While the officer-in-charge was coordinating with the city official, the crew started to clear their staging area and clean the proposed bunkhouse.

Clearing operation on the 23rd started at 1 P.M. and ended at 11:00 P.M. The team prioritized the clearing of the location of the proposed Tent City at Brgy. Lactason, which would serve as the temporary staging area of the International Committee of Red Cross mission. The team was able to clear a total of 1,000 square meters and 450 meters (both sides) of access road going to the proposed Tent City, where they deployed one payloader, one wheel type backhoe, two dump trucks and one tower light.

On November 24, the team continued clearing the proposed Tent City and accomplished another 900 square meters and 250 meters (both sides) of the road. Same set of equipment was used during the operation except for the two additional chainsaws.



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