Disaster response teams deployed in NoLCom AOR

Published July 23, 2018, 3:23 PM

by iManila Developer

By Francis Wakefield

The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command (AFP-NoLCom) has activated and deployed its Disaster Response Team Units (DRTUs), in coordination with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (DRRMC), in the affected areas within Central and Northern Luzon, heavily flooded due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or “Habagat” enhanced by Tropical Cyclones “Henry,” “Inday” and “Josie”.

Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP | Manila Bulletin)
Members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP | Manila Bulletin File Photo)

AFP NoLCom spokesman Lt. Col. Isagani Nato said that with the onslaught of the Tropical Depression “Josie” and the devastating effects of the southwest monsoon or “Habagat”, the jurisdictional area of NoLCom has been greatly affected by the continuous heavy downpour of rain brought by unfavorable weather conditions.

Due to these, Nato said NoLCom raised its Red Alert status to address the requests from regional DRRMCs.

He said NoLCom has immediately utilized its units from the different Joint Task Forces (JTFs) with a total of 40 to 50 DRTUs deployed or predeployed to areas of concern which are mostly flooded.

“Troops and equipment were sent to conduct Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) operations in support of authorities responsible in disaster response. NoLCom also adheres effectively to the standards of Incident Command System (ICS) protocols,” Nato said.

“Likewise, NoLCom is in full and pro-active support of the local government units (LGUs) and DRRMCs in the area,” he said.

Lt. Gen. Emmanuel B. Salamat, commander of NoLCom, has directed all its JTFs to anticipate the effects of continuing heavy rainfall on low lands and cover its maritime areas as well.

In the conduct of Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA), Salamat NoLCom also participates with the concerned government and agencies to have an immediate and necessary action to reduce the effects of these weather disturbances.

“NoLCom will continue to conduct HADR activities to areas affected by natural and manmade disasters to alleviate the burdens and protect the lives of the Filipino people,” he said.