PNP, AFP to deploy personnel to crisis-prone countries

July 6, 2011 1:36 am 

MANILA, July 5 -– The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are sending Rapid Reaction Teams (RRTs) to crisis-prone countries to assist overseas Filipinos affected by the conflicts.

PNP and AFP officials said the RRTs will be deployed to different Philippine posts so they can secure Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and other Filipino nationals in countries where natural disasters, armed conflicts and similar crises happen.

The RRTs will be deployed as part of the RRTs to give necessary support to Filipinos overseas from immediate hazards and risks, including the possibility of implementing relocation and evacuation activities as part of contingency plans.

This is in line with the memorandum from Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr.

Based on Ochoa's directive, the first batch of the PNP/AFP RRTs will be established and trained and must be prepared for deployment by the end of this month.

“Selection and training of personnel shall commence immediately. The members of the first batch shall complete their training and must be ready for deployment, if needed” Ochoa said.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo has ordered the PNP high command to coordinate with the Department of National Defense, the lead agency with respect to the constitution of RRTs.

Selection of the PNP personnel is ongoing and they will be trained in time for the projected deployment.

Qualifiers must be physically and mentally fit, must possessed a rank from Police Senior Inspector to Police Superintendents, and must have no pending administrative or criminal cases.

“Preferred PNP personnel who will be part of the Rapid Reaction Teams to be deployed in crisis-prone countries especially in Middle East Asia will be assisting our Philippine Embassies and Consulates in assuring the security and well being of our Filipino workers and nationals abroad,” PNP Chief Director General Raul M. Bacalzo said. (PNA) DCT/RMA/JCA

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