By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar alerted the Police Regional Office 8 to be alert for possible adverse effects of Tropical Depression “Maring” on local residents.
PGen Eleazar also tasked nearby police regional offices to be on standby in case their assistance is needed due to the effects of Maring in the provinces as there might be a need to evacuate affected residents.
“I have placed our personnel in the Police Regional Office 8 and nearby areas on standby as their assistance may be required by our local government units in the region, particularly in the evacuation of residents in flood-prone or landslide-prone areas,” PGen Eleazar said.
“Our police personnel in the region should be prepared for deployment anytime and ready to respond to any emergency,” he added.
PGen Eleazar directed police officers to also monitor the forecasts being released by weather agency PAGASA so they could prepare for the track of the weather disturbance and conduct preemptive evacuations, if necessary.
“Kailangang naka-monitor din ang ating kapulisan sa PRO-8 sa pagtaya ng panahon ng PAGASA para alam nila ang tamang aksyon na dapat gawin at ang assistance na kailangan ng ating mga kababayan,” PGen Eleazar.
As of Friday morning, PAGASA said Maring remains erratic over the Philippine Sea.
There is no Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal currently in effect over provinces, PAGASA added.
However, it forecasted that Eastern Visayas would experience light to moderate with at times heavy rains due to the trough of the tropical depression.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may begin affecting Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and the rest of Visayas on Saturday due to the south-westerlies that are being enhanced by the tropical depression. (ai/mtvn)