Aquino wants stricter enforcement of 'forced evacuation' from affected areas

October 3, 2011 9:56 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 3 — To lessen the incidence of people getting stranded in an area severely affected by calamities, President Benigno S. Aquino III said Sunday that he wanted the authorities to strictly enforce the “forced evacuation” warnings.

In an interview, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the President wanted this law implemented further to save the lives of the evacuees.

“The President wants a stricter enforcement of the forced evacuation primarily because the residents keep on refusing to evacuate the premises,” Lacierda said.

“The President wants the PNP to strictly enforce the forced evacuation for the primary reason that he wants the evacuees to be saved for their own security,” he added.

Lacierda also said that in order to ensure the peace of mind of the evacuees on the safety of their properties, the President has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to post their personnel in affected areas.

“And in order to protect their belongings, the President also—in conjunction with the forced evacuation order—has also tasked the PNP to make sure that while the evacuees are moved out of their residences, that there will be police presence in the areas where they left,” Lacierda said.

“So that’s a two-pronged approach so that the people will not be going back to their areas where there’s already flooding in order to protect their belongings,” he added. (PNA) DCT/FFC/PCOO/utb

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