3,000 cops in Central Luzon tapped for ‘Betty’ response

CITY of San Fernando, Pampanga – The Police Regional Office-3 is on full alert for super typhoon “Betty” (international name “Mawar”).

PRO-3 Director Police Brig. Gen. Jose Hidalgo Jr. said at least 3,000 police officers are on standby for disaster response in Central Luzon.

He said all guidelines under the Philippine National Police Critical Incident Management Operational Procedures (CIMOP) are strictly being observed which include manpower, equipment, and related capabilities for disaster response.

"We are working closely with the local disaster risk reduction management councils (DRRMCs) to ensure the safety of the public during the onslaught of super typhoon Betty and I have instructed all unit commanders to conduct pre-deployment briefing to our men on the ground for precautionary measures as we also want our personnel to be safe during natural disasters and emergencies," Hidalgo said.

He appealed to the public, especially those living in low-lying areas, to cooperate and heed the disaster preparedness plan of the local government units (LGUs), particularly in case of evacuation.