From Chito Chavez
The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called the joint efforts of the local chief executives (LCEs) and the Philippine national police (PNP) for their timely action to save the lives of 591,762 people or 147,540 families in seven regions on the other side of the country that was destroyed by super typhoon "Ompong".
DILG Officer Officer (OIC) Bernardo C. Florece, Jr. who temporarily takes the DILG rudder, took note of the preventive evacuation, the pre-positioning of equipment and equipment and the setting up of critical preparedness actions by the Local Government Units (LGUs) on the basis of the Operation Listo protocols. contributed to successful Typhoon Ompong operations.
"I recommend our governors, mayors and barangay captains to be on top of the Typhoon Ompong activities in their respective jurisdictions that save the lives of thousands of Filipinos, especially those living in vulnerable areas," said Florece.
Based on the September 17 situation report of the National Roma Risk Reduction and Management Board (NDRRMC), Typhoon Omp affected 2,738 barangays, 433 cities and municipalities and 31 counties in the National Capital Region (NCR), region I, region II, region III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and the administrative region of Cordillera (CAR).
About 219,508 people or 57,196 families were served inside and outside the evacuation centers.
Florece said the Department has activated its 24/7 Disaster Monitoring and Reporting Systems, led by its Central Office Disaster Information Coordinating Center as early as 11 September or five days before Typhoon Ompong is expected to hit the country.
He added that the ministry also urged local chief executives to take critical readiness actions in Operation Listo: Alpha for low risk areas, Bravo for medium risk areas and Charlie for high risk areas.
"The responsible, responsive and forward-looking actions of our LCEs as heads of their local disaster risk reduction and management boards (LDRRMCs) during this testing time have reflected the true feature of public services," he added. .
Continuous monitoring by PNP
Florece also praised the PNP for their 24-hour monitoring to ensure continuous operations of the communication system, repacking of family food packages at the department offices of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Development (DSWD) and the deployment of Search and Rescue (SAR) – personnel in the areas affected by Ompong.
"Our police officers put their personal security aside and braved the strong wind and rain to fulfill their promised duties and save the lives of our people," he said.
Continue with Post-Ompong disaster operations
With Typhoon surrounding the country, DILG assistant secretary and spokesman Jonathan E. Malaya said that the LGUs should continue with activities after the disaster, such as distribution of relief supplies and mass nutrition.
Given that the LCE & # 39; s know their places best, Malaya said that the governors, mayors and barangay captains are in the best position to decide when to advise the evacuees to return to their respective communities.
He also noted that it is the discretion of the mayors when they lift their class and issue work stoppages, fishing and travel bans.
Malaya added that the PNP should continue its post-disaster activities, such as carrying out patrols and search and rescue operations, especially in CAR landslides affected by landslides.
He stressed that PNP should work closely with other relevant national and local government agencies and private entities to expedite accelerated clearing operations and immediately restore power, water supply and communications in affected areas.
"The path to rehabilitation is not easy, especially for those areas in disaster, but now that the worst is over, let us continue working together so that our people and communities can return to their normal lives," Malaya said.