CEBU CITY—The Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO 7) has formed a 100-man team that will help in the response efforts in areas in Bicol that were badly affected by tropical storm Rolly.
Police Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, chief of PRO 7, said the team will immediately leave for Bicol once the necessary equipment and relief goods are gathered.
It was PNP chief Camilo Cascolan who instructed the PRO 7 to assist its counterpart in Bicol.
“We are preparing equipment that could be used in possible search and retrieval operations. We are gathering food stuff, water, and other necessities that we could give to the communities in Region 5,” said Ferro.
Ferro said PRO 7 was still identifying personnel with disaster response training but the bulk of the 100-man team will come from the Crisis Response Battalion.
The PRO 7 has coordinated with the Philippine Coast Guard for the team’s travel to Bicol.
Ferro added that the PRO 7 team will also assist the relief efforts that Senator Ronald Dela Rosa and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino will be spearheading.
The PRO 7 personnel may stay in Bicol for at least a week.
Ferro has also called on the public to donate items for the relief efforts in Bicol.
“If you have extra items, please feel free to bring them to PRO 7 headquarters. Most of the houses were buried and what they need now is water, clothes and blankets,” said Ferro.
Despite the 100 personnel leaving for Bicol, Ferro assured that Central Visayas will still have enough personnel especially in the continued efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).