By Arwen Pascua
Supertyphoon Odette’s fury (BenarNews courtesy)
MANILA — The Philippine National Police has been designated as the lead agency in the post-disaster operations and resumed the relief and rescue operations in areas hardest hit by the supertyphoon.
A week before Christmas, several areas in Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan are still without electricity and other basic utilities that were knocked down by the supertyphoon.
PNP Chief, Police General Dionardo B Carlos has ordered PNP troops on the ground to continuously provide manpower and logistical support to deeply affected local government units, especially those who have been declared under the state of calamity.
“Our personnel will focus efforts in securing the evacuation centers, road clearing operations, and assisting in relief operations. We have to secure the peace and order situation in these areas and at the same time oversee the implementation of health protocols”, Carlos said.
The resources of the PNP which include the SRR equipment, land, air, and water assets have been deployed in the affected areas.
Since the power supply has not been restored in some areas, the PNP personnel will ensure that there will be no looting of establishments.
The PNP commends its personnel who have assisted from the pre-emptive evacuation of the residents, search and rescue operations up to the clearing operations.
“We are grateful to our personnel who have extended their assistance in different ways that they can. We have seen their dedication and unwavering strength in helping our fellow Filipinos even if they were also victims of the typhoon,” says Carlos.
The Police Regional Offices of Regions 4A, 6, 7, 8, and 13 will closely coordinate with the different Local Government Units and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices to synchronize their efforts in helping the people affected by the typhoon. (ai/mtvn)