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ALL unit commanders, especially in Police Regional Offices in Western Visayas and in MIMAROPA, were told to prepare their respective disaster response teams in anticipation of the effects of Tropical Depression Lannie.

Together with the warning of PAGASA about Tropical Depression Lannie is my order to our unit commanders to implement necessary disaster response preparations in their respective areas, especially for the preemptive evacuation of our kababayan residing in coastal areas, those that are flood prone and in danger from landslides,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said.

The police will continue to coordinate with the Office of Civil Defense and local government units to find out how they can help to ensure the safety of our kababayan living in areas that will be under the direct path of this typhoon,” he added.

The PNP has long been in the frontline of disaster preparedness and response. Policemen are usually tapped in the conduct of preemptive evacuation, search and rescue and distribution of relief goods to affected population.

According to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), TD Lannie is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas and MIMAROPA, while light to moderate, at times, heavy rains is expected in CALABARZON, Bicol Region, and Mindanao.

PAGASA said Lannie is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday.

PGen Eleazar appealed to the public to follow the instructions of law enforcers and local chief executives to ensure their safety amid the weather disturbance.

I would like to remind the public to immediately heed the advice of your respective localities should they require preemptive evacuation because this is for your own safety. In the event of the establishment of evacuation centers, our police personnel should continue to strictly enforce minimum public health standards among evacuees to curb the spread of COVID-19,” the Chief PNP said.

(PHOTO CREDIT: PNP-PIO Facebook page)

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