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Azurin: Disaster response operations to continue

October 29, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 261 views

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. on Saturday said their disaster response operations in areas in the country affected by severe tropical storm ‘Paeng’ will continue without any let-up despite having a number of their own personnel and their families affected by the weather disturbance.

“The National Headquarters has alerted all Police Regional Offices thru the Area Police Commands to keep all highways and major thoroughfares clear of debris and hazards for unhampered passage of emergency vehicles, personnel, equipment, relief supplies, and commercial cargo,” he said.

Gen. Azurin said all resources and personnel of Search-and-Rescue or SAR-capable National Support Units have been alerted to augment affected Police Regional Offices for disaster response operations in coordination with local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices, local government units and other government agencies.

“Assisted by the Quad-Staff, I am constantly being updated of guidance from the NDRRMC and higher authorities for further actions,” he said.

NO LOOTING INCIDENTS RECORDED

The PNP chief likewise told his men that “the recent calamity affecting our country right now has once again placed and shown the PNP’s preparedness and readiness to respond quickly and positively with our mandated tasks in terms of law and order.”

“As of 6am today, our PNP has reported that “no looting incidents were reported that transpired in your areas of operations. Congratulations. As your C,PNP, I encourage everyone at your end to continue our presence to ensure a zero looting in your AOR until this calamity is finished,” he added.

Likewise, Gen. Azurin commended every PNP who had been in the search, rescue and relief operations. “Thank you for being there for our people especially those who are affected by Typhoon Paeng. It is my prayer too that nothing unfortunate happened to your respective love ones. Continue to do your best for the organization and for the country,” he added.

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