PHILIPPINE National Police Officer-in-Charge, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday placed all Luzon and Visayas-based police units on full alert status to ensure the 100 percent availability of their men and resources as typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatened the two regions including some venues of the ongoing 30th SEA Games.
The PNP Special Action Force, Maritime Group, Highway Patrol Group, the Police Community Affairs and Development Group and Health Service and all Regional and Provincial Mobile Forces were likewise placed on full alert for the same reason.
The official also activated the National Headquarters 1st Level Battle Staff to ensure effective command and control of all PNP disaster response operations.
Concerned Disaster Incident Management Task Groups were activated along with Regional Reactionary Standby Support Forces and Search-and-Rescue units.
“As an initial response in anticipation of the expected landfall of typhoon ‘Tisoy,’ resources and personnel from these operational support and maneuver units with disaster response capability are directed to preposition within closest and safest proximity to threatened and high-risk areas along coastlines, riverbanks and geohazard zones for rapid deployment in the event of contingency,” said Gamboa.
The PNP-OIC also instructed PNP provincial, city and municipal offices and stations to undertake road clearing operations for debris in coordination with LGUs and DPWH, especially along national highways and major thoroughfares to allow unhampered movement of emergency vehicles, troops, equipment, supplies and market commodities.
The PNP Critical Incident Management Committee chaired by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, is monitoring the situation in areas affected by the weather disturbance thru the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the PNP Command Center.