NATIONAL Capital Region Police Office director Major General Edgar Alan O. Okubo yesterday said they are completely prepared to respond to any situation that may arise in Metro Manila as super typhoon ‘Mawar’ entered the Philippine area of responsibility.
‘Mawar’ is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds in northern Luzon prompting the government to iron out evacuation plans and seek full cooperation of the public ahead of the expected onslaught of the super typhoon which is likewise expected to trigger strong winds and heavy rains.
Maj. Gen. Okubo said that initially, 710 search-and-rescue or SAR-trained personnel from the NCRPO have been placed on standby to respond to any emergency situation in the metropolis where their help is needed particularly in evacuating residents in low-lying areas.
The official also ordered a complete inventory of all SAR equipment and other tools as well as trucks and other rescue vehicles of the NCRPO headquarters and its five districts.
He said that 100 personnel from the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City have also been placed on standby alert to beef-up their Reactionary Standby Support Force which will be fielded in the metropolis when the need arises.
The NCRPO chief said they have also prepared food packs, medicines and bottled water which will be provided to residents that will be affected by the typhoon particularly when they are moved to government shelters in Metro Manila.
“Hindi pa man po natin nararamdaman ang epekto ng bagyo sa ngayon ay nananawagan na tayo sa ating mga kababayan na manatiling nakaalerto at paghandaan ang paparating na bagyo, lalo na sa mga naninirahan malapit sa mga ilog, sapa, at mabababang lugar na karaniwang inaabot ng pagbaha,” Maj. Gen. Okubo said.
The Metro Manila police director called on local residents to prepare for the super typhoon by storing food, water, medicine and even the so-called ‘Emergency ‘Go’ bags filled with basic emergency supplies including fresh batteries.