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PIA Press Release
2009/10/02

RDCC 2 reiterates 'zero casualty' policy during calamities

Tuguegarao City (2 October) -- Police Chief Superintendent Roberto M. Damian, Regional Director-PNP 2 and Chairman of Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) Region 2 has reiterated to all disaster action officers in the region, from the provincial down to the Barangay, the zero casualty policy during calamities.

Damian sent the directive of NDCC to remind all concerned disaster coordinating councils to implement response preparedness measures in their area of responsibility, and to prepare constituents for the next typhoons and other calamitous events.

Damian said the response preparedness measures include among others the prepositioning of response assets, stockpiling of food and non-food items, and identification of evacuation centers and the implementation of pre-emptive evacuation.

He also said that the PNP is tasked to support the Local Chief executives and Disaster Coordinating Councils in ensuring that response preparedness,measures are proactively implemented at all levels.

"May we be united in prayer that this incoming typhoon "Pepeng" will spare us from any severe damages and untoward incidents. Through our united efforts I believe we could attain zero casualty in times of calamity", Damian said.

Damian also stated that pre-emptive evacuation for those residing along the riverbanks and other areas vulnerable to flooding and landslide is strictly implemented in the event that typhoon "Pepeng" will landfall to the area of responsibility of Region 2.

He further stressed that in the directive, the President has authorized the use of police powers to force the evacuation of residents living along riverbanks, low-lying areas, mountain slopes and other vulnerable areas during typhoons and heavy downpours.

"Let us adopt a more proactive stance in managing situations in our respective areas to achieve 'zero casualty' during calamities. Let us vigorously pursue mitigation and preparedness", Damian said. (Oliver B/PIA 2) [top]

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