Luzon-based units of the Philippine National Police (PNP) have been ordered to be in full alert due to the expected onslaught of typhoon Mangkhut, which received the name Ompong upon entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, September 12.
In a statement, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said that the PNP – Special Action Force, the Maritime Group, the Highway Patrol Group, the Police Community Relations Group, and all Regional and Provincial Mobile Forces will be in full alert starting 6:00AM, Thursday, September 13.
“I am placing all Luzon-based PNP units on full alert condition to ensure availability of resources and personnel for possible disaster response operations in areas threatened by the destructive effects of Supertyphoon Ompong, including other areas in Luzon that may experience torrential monsoon rains as a result,” Albayalde said.
The PNP chief directed units with disaster response capabilities to preposition themselves within ‘closest and safest proximity to threatened and high risk areas along coastlines, riverbanks and geohazard zones for rapid deployment in the event of contingency’.
Albayalde has also activated the National Headquarters 1st Level Battle Staff to ensure effective command and control of all PNP disaster response operations.
PNP provincial, city, and municipal offices have also been instructed to undertake road clearing operations in coordination with local government units and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in order to allow the unhampered movement of emergency vehicles, troops, equipment, supplies, and market commodities.
Albayalde also assured that the PNP – Critical Incident Management Committee and the PNP – Sub-committee on Disaster Management will constantly monitor the situation in areas affected by the weather disturbance thru the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
“We are calling on our people in affected areas to stay safe, alert and informed, and heed the orders of authorities particularly for preemptive evacuation that may be enforced. The PNP will be there where we are needed most, and together we will weather the storm,” Albayalde said.
As of 3:00AM, the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Typhoon Ompong has entered PAR.