By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — A total of 8,642 police officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and 11,619 Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) firefighters and personnel are currently deployed in affected areas, vital installations and evacuation centers in the affected regions to help in the Super Typhoon ‘Karding’ disaster relief and peace and order efforts.
This was reported on Monday (September 26) by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin ‘Benhur’ Abalos, Jr. who said that the policemen and firefighters were stationed in various areas in seven regions affected by the typhoon and they are on the ground actively helping in the efforts to ensure that our kababayans are safe and protected.
Out of more than 8k police personnel deployed in affected regions, 3,030 are in evacuation centers and vacated and affected areas, while 5,612 are in vital installations such as public markets, gas stations, terminals, warehouses, relief operation centers and other public convergence areas.
Abalos said 1,270 police personnel are deployed in NCR; 904 in Region 1; 987 in Region 2; 1.551 in Region 3; 1,546 in CALABARZON; 1,727 in MIMAROPA; 486 in Region 5; and 171 in CAR.
For the BFP, Abalos said that 1,591 firefighters and personnel are helping in Region 1; 1,170 in Region 2; 1,840 in Region 3; 1,223 in CALABARZON; 241 in MIMAROPA; 1,361 in Region V; 1,829 in Region 6; 1,650 in NCR; and 704 in CAR. He added that 1,596 fire trucks, 103 ambulances, 22 rescue trucks, and seven rescue boats are also at disposal if the need arises.
“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga kapulisan ng PNP at bumbero ng BFP sa kanilang paglilingkod sa gitna ng malakas na bagyong ito (We thanked our police officers from PNP and firefighters from BFP for their service amid the heavy typhoon). The LGUs need all the help they can receive,” Abalos said.
Meanwhile, Abalos said LGUs of Regions 1, 2, 3, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VI, CAR, and the National Capital Region (NCR) stepped up and proactively responded in anticipation of ‘Karding’.
He said that reports from the ground stated that the LGUs were able to convene their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) and conduct Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meetings; activated Barangay DRRMCs for close coordination, prepositioning of necessary supplies and preparation of evacuation centers; and, conducted pre-emptive evacuations starting on September 24, 2022.
LGUs likewise spearheaded in informing punong barangays of weather advisories and other relevant information; advising residents in high-risk areas to take precautionary measures, and immediately evacuate to designated safe sites, when advised by local authorities; pruning of trees, clearing of waterways, street drainage, and other preparedness measures were conducted, among others.
“We appreciate LGUs along the path of Super Typhoon ‘Karding’ for beefing up their preparations and carrying out all necessary preemptive measures needed,” Abalos said.
DILG Secretary Abalos likewise reminded all concerned local chief executives (LCEs) to stand their ground and be physically present, especially in affected areas and communities most susceptible to disasters, before, during, and after the weather disturbance. (ai/mtvn)