More troops deployed in Central Luzon for rescue

Posted at 09/30/11 7:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines - More troops and equipment from the Army, Navy and Air Force, including helicopters, have been deployed to flooded areas in Central Luzon to search and rescue affected residents, President Benigno Aquino said on Friday.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has also deployed a 14-man team with equipment to Bulacan province, Aquino said in a press statement.

The President said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has been taking all necessary precautions from early warning, pre-emptive evacuation to on-going relief and recovery operations amid the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring and the anticipated effects of Typhoon Quiel over the weekend.

"Relief and recovery from TY Pedring will be a priority and a continuing effort even as we brace our respective communities from potentially more damaging onslaught of TY Quiel," he said. "I therefore ask our fellow citizens to heed our national and local authorities so that we can all achieve our common goal in disaster risk reduction."

He said authorities should move all people who are in danger. "Let us help each other persuade fisherfolks and residents of coastal, low-lying and mountainous areas to be on alert and be extra cautious. Let us keep the spirit of bayanihan alive by showing our concern to the more vulnerable sectors."

Aquino said all relevant government agencies are performing their respective mandates effectively.

"Notable among them are DOST-PAGASA for accurate and timely issuance of forecasts, the DSWD and DOH for pre-positioning relief goods and medical supplies respectively, the DILG and its bureaus for overseeing the preparedness of local governments, DepEd for early suspension of classes and making schools available as evacuation centers, DPWH for quick restoration of mobility corridors as well as the DOE, NEA, NGCP and electric cooperatives for power restoration in affected areas," he said. "Local government units have also been performing their duties."

"It is also comforting to note that civil society organizations continue to share the burden of helping our country and people cope with one disaster after another.  We also thank the international community for the assistance it has offered to our government," he added.