Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque on Sunday assured the round-the-clock monitoring of Typhoon Bising as it continues to threaten parts of Bicol, and Visayas and Mindanao regions.
“Our concern is the safety of everyone. We, therefore, ask our people to remain alert and vigilant, cooperate with authorities and continue to observe minimum public health standards for protection against COVID-19,” Roque said.
Roque added that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has conducted pre-disaster risk assessments at the national level and issued guidance and advisories for the early preparation of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (RDRRMCs) and the local government units (LGUs) since Wednesday, 14 April 2021.
He added that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has standby funds of P556.4 million in their central office and field offices and stockpiles consisting of 370,058 family food packs amounting to P188.6 million as of 17 April 2021.
“The Department of Health has assured that they have dedicated teams looking into the impact of any disaster, especially in monitoring the evacuation centers in relation to COVID-19 protocol. They have likewise prepositioned assorted medicines/COVID supplies to regional offices,” Roque added.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), meanwhile, has prepositioned all response assistance and instructed all unified commands to assist RDRRMCs in pre-emptive evacuation and other relevant operations.
He said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) also activated nine regions, reiterating the use of OPLAN LISTO and LGU assistance to response operations.
Roque said that based on the report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), pre-emptive evacuation has been carried out in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Northern, and Eastern Samar.