Roxas Boulevard, Manila – The Philippine Navy started to heighten necessary preparations for the possible onslaught of Typhoon “Hagupit” on various provinces of the country since Thursday, December 4, 2014.
The PN leadership already initiated a warning and alert order to its Naval Operation Support Units (NOSU) to prepare the necessary assets and personnel for a proactive response in order to alleviate and address possible damages and losses that will be brought about by the incoming typhoon. The PN monitors the movement of Typhoon “Hagupit” through its Naval Operations Center (NOC) which is centrally accessible to its NOSU in the affected areas.
Disaster Risk Reduction Units (DRRU’s) from NOSU’s are already undertaking precautionary measures which include but not limited to trimming and pruning of tree branches, inspection of flood prone areas, seaside installation, etc.
NOSU is all set as it updates the status of their DRRU task organizations, force composition, transportation vehicles and communication equipment, to include the floating assets within their AOR as well as their typhoon evasion measures and strategic deployment locations, equipment in conducting Water Search and Rescue Operations (WASAR) and immediate medical evacuation.
Further, The Philippine Navy is in closed coordination with the local government units (LGU’s), the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to ensure a consolidated effort to effectively address this incoming weather disturbance.
The PN is vigilantly ready when called upon to respond in any emergency situation and disasters that may transpire. Thus, the Command, in addition to its tasks for internal and external security shall be an active partner of government in disaster response and relief operations.