POLICE yesterday transported some three tons of relief goods composed of bottled water, canned goods, slippers, rubber shoes and blankets to the ‘Ompong’-ravaged towns of Itogon and Kibungan in Benguet yesterday.
The relief goods donated by Good Samaritans and other friends of Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde were already on their way to the affected areas.
Police are also helping repack relief goods for the victims at the National Resource Operating Center of the National Center for Women of the Philippines in Pasay City.
As of last Sunday, at least 5,000 boxes of family packs were repacked by National Capital Region Police Office personnel at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) National Relief Operations Center in Pasay City.
Police in Northern Luzon are also providing muscle to DSWD offices involved in the distribution of supplies to the affected areas.
Having shifted their focus from search, rescue and recovery efforts to more of law enforcement to help restore normalcy in affected areas, Gen. Albayalde met Cordillera Police Regional Office director, Chief Supt. Rolando Z. Nana on Monday to discuss the progress of their operations in Benguet and Baguio City and other areas in the ‘Ompong’-affected areas.
A 24-man Search-and-Rescue platoon from the PNP Special Action Force led by Chief Inspector Ramel Rendaje and Senior Inspector Ramel Maramag had been inserted into Itogon on Sunday to assist in the search for survivors of massive landslides.
Gen. Albayalde said that he has instructed all concerned police commanders to fully support all government relief and rehabilitation operations to hasten restoration to normalcy of all public and private functions and services briefly disrupted in areas affected by the calamity.
The PNP chief said that part of their post-disaster law and order functions include enforcement of regulations on fair trade imposed by the Department of Trade and Industry against hoarding, profiteering and illegal trade practices to ensure availability of consumer goods in the market.
Police are also helping clear highways and major thoroughfares leading to the hard-hit areas in Cagayan, Ilocos, Isabela, Kalinga of rocks, mud and other debris caused by ’Ompong’ to allow access of emergency and relief vehicles, Gen. Albayalde said.