PNP deploys disaster response teams to areas affected by monsoon rains

MANILA The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday deployed its disaster response units to augment local groups in handling public emergencies arising from torrential rains caused by the southwest monsoon.

In a statement, PNP Public Information Office chief Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said the PNP activated its National Headquarters Disaster Incident Management Task Group (DIMTG), an updated and enhanced plan of action of the police force on disaster preparedness and response management in support to other concerned agencies.

Director Eduardo Serapio M. Garado, head of the Directorate for Police Community Relations and Chairman of the DIMTG Sub-Committee on Disaster Management said they support the government's disaster risk reduction and management efforts in accordance with the PNP Critical Incident Management Operational Procedures.

PNP disaster response units include the Special Action Force, Maritime Group, Highway Patrol Group, Police Community Relations Group, as well as the Regional Public Safety Battalions.

These units were instructed to coordinate closely with National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and local government units for possible enforcement of forced evacuation in flood-stricken areas due to heavy rains.

This is one of those seasonal situations when the PNP is called upon to perform public safety operations to save lives, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency