PNP on alert for ‘Ramon’ onslaught

MANILA Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa on Wednesday ordered police officers to initiate safety measures in areas along the path of tropical storm Ramon (international name Kalmaegi).

Gamboa said he ordered his men to coordinate with local disaster management officials to determine the scope of assistance that the police could provide in terms of manpower and resources.

"We assure the public that the PNP is always prepared to respond to any emergency, disaster or calamity to ensure the safety and security of our people," Gamboa told reporters.

PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, meanwhile, said the PNP's maritime forces were also instructed to assist in the possible evacuation of residents in coastal areas, as well in information dissemination on the adverse impact of the weather disturbance.

The PNP is always part of pre-disaster measures and post-disaster actions.

"Our men on the ground are always alert and vigilant, and ready to provide assistance to the local government units, and the people anytime when needed," said Banac.

We assure the public that the PNP is always prepared to respond to any emergency, disaster or calamity to ensure the safety and security of our people, he added.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is hoisted in three areas Ramon slightly accelerated and is moving west-northwest.

In its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said TCWS No. 1 is hoisted over Catanduanes, Eastern Samar and the eastern portion of Northern Samar.

Light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may be experienced over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon.

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are expected over Camarines Norte, Masbate, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

Ramon is expected to bring occasional to heavy rains over parts of Luzon and Visayas until the weekend.

PAGASA also warned residents in Masbate as they are also expected to be battered by the weather disturbance. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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