Erap spends P80M on new trucks, equipment for Manila engineering unit

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Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has acquired brand new trucks and equipment worth an estimated P80 million to boost the city government’s road clearing operations, engineering services, and emergency response.

“To better serve the public, our city engineers should be fully equipped with new, state-of-the art equipment, not those dilapidated trucks and old tools that have been acquired a long time ago, way back in the ‘80’s,” the mayor said.

Among the new equipment and vehicles procured by the city government include steamrollers, self-loading trucks, heavy duty dump trucks, bulldozers, backhoe, boom trucks, jackhammers, and breakers

Engr. Rogelio Legazpi, chief of Department of Engineering and Public Services (DEPW) of Manila said it was the first time in 12 years the department has received top-of-the-class, brand new tools and gears.

“This is the first time in 12 years that DEPW was given a new set of equipment. It is only during Mayor Erap’s time that our engineering unit is continuously improving,” Legazpi noted.

Legazpi said the newly acquired equipment can also be used in rescue and retrieval operations, and in conducting relief operations.

“This is a big help. With more trucks and equipment, we will able to do more work and services for the Manileños,” he added.