PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) personnel rescued nearly 3,000 residents of Eastern Visayas (EV) who were affected by landslides and flashfloods triggered by tropical depression ‘Agaton,’ the 1st to hit the country this year, General Dionardo B. Carlos said on Sunday.
The top cop said police officers and men from Police Regional Offices 6,7,8 and 13 worked hard to protect the civilians from the worst possible effects even before the onslaught of the typhoon.
As a result, 2,898 individuals who were trapped in landslide-hit or flood-ravaged areas in Eastern Visayas were rescued.
Gen. Carlos said that police in Central and Eastern Visayas also retrieved the bodies of 80 persons during search-rescue-and retrieval operations in the two regions.
Police also conducted relief operations in affected areas which benefitted thousands of displaced villagers.
In Eastern Visayas, PRO8 director, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac on Sunday said he has ordered the deployment of 100 fresh search-and-rescue personnel to Baybay City to help in continuing government efforts to recover victims of ‘Agaton’ which ravaged the area.
“The 100 new fresh legs relieved the 100 PRO8 personnel previously sent to the city so that they can refresh, resupply and do their laundry,” the Eastern Visayas police director told the Journal Group.