ALL police forces in Central Luzon, Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions have been placed on full alert ready to assist their respective local government units in countering the effect of tropical storm ‘Butchoy,” Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said yesterday.
The PNP chief said he has ordered Police Regional Office 3 director, Brigadier General Rhodel O. Sermonia, PRO5 director, Brig. Gen. Anthony S. Alcañeses and PRO8 director, Brig. Gen. Bernabe M. Balba to place their men on full standby alert as their areas were expected to bore the brunt of ‘Butchoy.’
Gen Gamboa said all three police regional offices are under orders to provide help in immediately restoring government services in their areas specifically in clearing national highways and major thoroughfares of debris and obstacles to allow the unhampered passage of emergency and relief vehicles; commercial cargo and food supplies.
The PNP also mobilized all its National Support Units to muster troops and resources for possible deployment to areas affected by floods, landslides and collapsed structures while still observing minimum health standards.
These disaster response-capable units include those from the PNP Special Action Force, Maritime Group, Highway Patrol Group, Police Community Relations Group, as well as the Regional Public Safety Battalions, PNP spokesman, Brig. Gen. Bernard M. Banac.