THE Department of National Defense (DND) assured the nation yesterday it was on standby amid the North Korea threat of a missile launch against the US.
Lorenzana also warned that no-sail zone advisories might be issued for coastal areas, as well as alert advisories to local government agencies to heighten their preparedness.
Earlier this week, North Korea said it is considering plans for a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam.
Although the missile strike is not directed at the Philippines, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said they are monitoring the situation in the region just the same.
“We are treating this more as a civil defense rather than a military issue. Our Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is on standby and prepared to address any untoward incident that may occur in the aftermath of such a missile launch,” the DND chief said in a statement.
He added that the OCD has been directed to coordinate with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to determine areas that will “potentially, although remotely, be affected.”
The AFP previously said that debris from a missile launch can hit some coastal areas in northern Philippines.
The DND also called on the countries involved to refrain “from actions that may escalate tensions not only in the Korean Peninsula, but the rest of the Asia-Pacific region as well.”
It also urged Filipinos to remain vigilant and report anything unusual to the authorities.
“Sa ating mga kababayan, huwag po tayong mangamba. Ang palagi naming sinasabi ay maging alerto lang po tayo at ipagbigay alam sa mga kinauukulan kung may mapansin man kayong hindi karaniwan sa inyong lugar. Hintayin lang po natin ang mga anunsyo at updates mula sa mga naatasang ahensya ng pamalahaan,” it added.