No Christmas break for search ops for 'Pablo' victims- NDRRMC

December 24, 2012 12:43 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 24 — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(NDRRMC)said on Monday that there will be no Christmas break for agencies searching for victims of typhoon "Pablo" and there's no target date as to when it will end.

"Ang search and rescue, as long as it takes. Pag may target date(tulad ng) hanggang bukas, it will not be very good sa ating mga kababayan," said NDRRMC head Benito Ramos said.

The NDRRMC will remain on red alert during the holidays, especially after a low pressure arean (LPA) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility(PAR)early Monday.

“Ganito ang preparasyon natin, naka-red alert pa rin tayo, hindi tayo nagbaba, naka-in place pa rin yung responders natin, pati yung prepositioning ng equipment at saka nung relief items, so tuluy-tuloy pa rin yan. Uulitin ko lang, hindi tayo nagbaba ng alert level, meaning they are in place, itong line agencies ng government (kahit Christmas) oo kahit na, cancelled nga ang Christmas saka New Year, walang Christmas break, no Christmas party, no New Year's party,” Ramos said.

The NDRRMC also said it has directed its local disaster risk reduction and management levels to prepare residents for evacuation, if needed.

”Office of Civil Defense centers were instructed to undertake precautionary measures in their respective areas of responsibility," the NDRRMC chief said.

Local disaster management councils were also advised to "initiate preemptive evacuation of families in low-lying and mountainous areas if the situation warrants."

State weather forecasters had said the LPA might bring rain to parts of Mindanao that were earlier devastated by "Pablo" leaving more than 1,000 people dead while damage was estimated at more than P34 billion in both infrastructure and agriculture. (PNA)



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