LEGAZPI CITY (2-Dec-2012/PNA) – The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Sunday activated Task Force Pablo (TFP), a disaster response group that would undertake search and rescue operation in areas affected by flooding, landslides and storm surge in villages across Bicol.
The group was activated in anticipation of the effects of typhoon Pablo, which the local weather bureau expected to make a landfall in Bicol on Wednesday.
Task Force Pablo is composed of over 200 trained personnel from various units of the Philippine Army, Navy and Air Force, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Albay Public Safety and Emergency and Management Office (APSEMO).
The group is equipped with air, land and sea assets such as rubber boats, ambulances, trucks and other search rescue and retrieval equipment, said Bernardo Alejandro, OCD regional director and RDRRMC chairperson.
Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said the task force will assist disaster authorities in attaining the zero-casualty goal during period of disasters.
Meanwhile, Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist, said that Mayon Volcano lahar and other volcanic debris no longer pose a danger to residents living along the slopes of the volcano. (PNA)