By: Gail T. Momblan
THE Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) in Region 6 said it will activate the “blue alert” status during the observance of All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day on Nov 1 and 2, 2018, respectively.
Maria Aletha Nogra, OCD-6’s assistant regional director said that the blue alert will be activated from Oct. 31 until Nov. 5, citing the entry of the Typhoon Yutu in the Philippine Area of Responsibility today, Oct. 27, and the people who will flock cemeteries on Oct. 31 until Nov. 2.
“There are selected group of people nga ma-duty diri para hapos ang information, very spontaneous kay sila may mga tawo sila sa field. May mga tawo man sa national level so very spontaneous ang aton coordination and response just in case nga something will happen,” she said.
Typhoon Yutu is expected to bring isolated rain showers, partly cloudy skies, and might enhance localized thunderstorms in Western Visayas.
“From prevention, mitigation, preparedness, rehabilitation and recovery, on alert status kita for typhoon Yutu and sa Undas… different preparedness measures for effective emergency response,” she added.
With the blue alert status, the OCD will work with partner agencies to render 24/7 response in the Emergency Operations Center.
Typhoon Yutu will directly hit Northen Luzon, Nogra said.
Two personnel from the OCD-6 were sent to Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on Sept. to augment the workforce of the department.
Meanwhile, the Police Regional Office (PRO)-6, said they will boost their security measures to ensure peace and order in the observance of “Undas”.
Public assistance desks will be established to assist and respond to any untoward incident on cemeteries, seaports, terminals and other areas with high density population, Supt. Joem Malong, spokesperson of PRO-6 said on Oct. 24, 2018.
Supt. Malong assured that they also focus on the “Undas” preparation despite the reopening of Boracay on Oct. 26 and the MassKara Festival highlight on Oct. 28.
The PRO-6 addressed the public to avoid committing violence in cemeteries, even bringing with them illegal drugs, alcoholic drinks, firearms and deadly weapons.
“They should refrain from bringing these things so they will not cause harm to other people,” she said.