POLICE personnel in Central Visayas are on alert and standby in their respective police stations to ensure a fast response to any eventualities with Typhoon Auring expected to affect Cebu province.
Police Brigadier General Ronnie Montejo, Director of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 ordered his personnel to standby in their police stations and prepare their search and rescue equipment.
Police Colonel Aladdin Collado, Cebu Provincial Police chief, said he has alerted his subordinates including their cooperation with the crisis response section of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion to assist them in the deployment in the northern provinces of Cebu.
“We already alerted most of the towns in the northern part of Cebu and the whole province,” said Collado.
DEPLOYMENT IN HIGH-RISK AREAS
This morning, February 20, 2021, uniformed personnel and reservists were deployed in areas identified as high-risk areas for flooding and landslides such as Tuburan and Asturias.
Policey will continue to inspect disaster-prone areas to ensure everyone's safety.
PREPARATION IN COASTAL AREAS
Collado said he has instructed the chiefs of each police to conduct a "recorida" to warn residents in the coastal areas to be vigilant of the monsoon waves.
If it is necessary to evacuate the residents to the safest place, they will do so by cooperating with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in each town.
“Kasama yan sa directives ko sa operation officer ko na magkaroon ng recorida and if there’s a reason na magkaroon ng evacuation, and we will do that,” added Collado.
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CEBU PROVINCE ON RED ALERT
The entire Province of Cebu is now on red alert following the declaration of Pagasa that Cebu is under Signal No. 1 as of 11 p.m., Friday, February 19, 2021, due to Typhoon Auring.
This means that all disaster and rescue teams across the province are ready for deployment.
INCIDENTS DUE TO THE TYPHOON
According to the information from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) a boat capsized in the town of Medellin. Onboard was fisherman, Gerry Arrogante from Daanbantayan.
Arrogante was immediately rescued.
There are currently no other reported incidents across the province concerning the typhoon.
TYPHOON AURING LATEST UPDATE
Strong winds are now experienced in the northern part of Cebu province resulting in large waves in the coastal area.
Fisherfolks are also warned not to risk fishing first. (AYB/ANV/RSR)