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The Philippine National Police (PNP) placed on full alert its disaster response units in parts of Visayas and Mindanao on the track of tropical storm “Dante,” which is forecast by weather bureau PAGASA to intensify in the coming days.
 
PNP Chief, Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said all concerned police offices, especially those in Eastern and Northern Samar, have been directed to coordinate with the local government units and the local offices of the Office of Civil Defense to determine the specific assistance they could extend amid tropical storm Dante’s threat.
 
“I am placing all concerned police offices and units on full alert to guarantee the availability of assets, resources and personnel for possible disaster response operations in areas threatened by Dante,” PGen Eleazar said.
 
“Bilin ko rin po sa ating mga kapulisan, makipagugnayan po tayo sa mga LGUs para makatulong sa preventive evacuation measures na kanilang isinasagawa sa mga apektadong residente,” he added.
 
The local police were also tasked to ensure order and observation of minimum public health safety standards once evacuees are brought to the different evacuation centers.
 
Meanwhile, PGen Eleazar ordered the activation of the Reactionary Standby Support Force (RSSF) in case there is a need to augment forces in calamity-stricken areas.
 
PGen Eleazar urged the public to keep safe and remain alert amid the storm. He also urged residents to follow the instructions of authorities when it comes to evacuation.
 
“Maging alerto po tayo at sumunod sa ipinaguutos ng ating mga local chief executives, lalo na kung tungkol po ito sa preemptive evacuation,” he said.
 
“Makakaasa po kayo na handa ang mga otoridad, kabilang ang ating kapulisan, na siguraduhin ang inyong kaligtasan mula sa banta ng bagyo,” PGen Eleazar said.
 
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