PGMA orders PNP to be on standby alert for disaster rescue/relief drives
OPS 21 JUNE 2008

PIA 6/21/2008 - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, accompanied by DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral (2nd from right), LtGen Pedrito Cadungog, Philippine Air Force (right) and Press Secretary Jessus Dureza (left) during an inspection of the Preparedness Disaster Team for typhoon Frank at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City. (Marcelino Pascua/NIB/OPS)

PGMA orders PNP to be on standby alert for disaster rescue/relief drives

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered all units of the Philippine National Police to prepare for disaster rescue and relief operations in areas affected by Typhoon Frank (international codename Fengshen).

PNP Chief, Director General Avelino I Razon Jr. said the President ordered him to reactivate the Oplan "Sagip", the disaster management and response plan of the PNP.

In compliance with the President’s directive, Razon said he already ordered all Police Regional Offices in areas affected by Typhoon Frank in Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Southern and Central Mindanao, Caraga Region, Bicol Region, Southern Luzon, and Metro Manila to prepare for disaster rescue and relief operations.

He said all PNP units on these areas were given orders to closely coordinate with local government units (LGU') for implementation of their respective disaster management plans.

"I have ordered all regional directors in affected regions to exercise their authority as chairman of their respective Regional Disaster Coordinating Councils (RDCC) in spearheading all disaster management operations," Razon said.

Razon assured the President that his regional directors will ensure the availability of all personnel and resources to assist in rescue, evacuation and relief operations. These include police vehicles with lift capability that can be used in evacuation operations such as heavy trucks, troop carriers, and patrol vehicles.

The Special Action Force and Maritime Group which have units that specialize in disaster operations are on standby alert for possible deployment to affected areas.

Razon also alerted the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to assist local PNP units in monitoring market activities in coordination with local offices of the Department of Trade and Industry and government units to prevent unscrupulous traders, hoarders and profiteers from taking advantage of the emergency situation.

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