NSFA, Panacan, Davao City – Tropical storm “Hagupit” is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) anytime packing a strong wind of 230kph that may landfall in Mindanao or Visayas. With this looming calamity, the Eastern Mindanao Command is preparing for readiness its disaster response capability.
In a directive issued by Lt General Auerelio Baladad, Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command, he directed his subordinate units to prepare and activate designated Disaster Response Units (DRU) and coordinate with their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council before the storm enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility and make a landfall in Visayas or Northern Mindanao.
“We are preparing for two scenarios, one is if the tropical storm will landfall with in the Eastern Mindanao Command AOR and the second is if it will hit Visayas. The command is prepared for both scenarios that necessitate Disaster Response Units to be deployed in affected areas” Baladad said.
During the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, Eastern Mindanao Command sent it’s Task Force “Tambayayong” to Leyte for Humanitarian and Disaster Response Operations. The same readiness will be demonstrated by the command in case Visayas will be hit badly by the storm.
Press Release by the EASTMINCOM