Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Director General (PDG) Oscar D. Albayalde earlier today flew above several areas in Metro Manila and Luzon affected by severe flooding from three days of monsoon rains, the PNP said.
PDG Albayalde was accompanied by National Capital Region (NCR) Police Office chief Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar and other top PNP officials.
They also visited evacuation centers to assess the people’s situation and condition.
“Police search and rescue and disaster response teams remain deployed in different areas in Luzon that were hardest hit by severe flooding from three days of monsoon rains,” the PNP said.
“A total of 4,058 police personnel mostly from disaster-response capable units are providing assistance to local governments to reach stranded communities and to implement evacuation of residents in high-risk areas,” it added.
PNP said the PNP High Command activated its National Headquarters Disaster Incident Management Task Group (DIMTG), an updated and enhanced plan of action of the PNP on disaster preparedness and response management in support to other concerned agencies.
DIMTG supports the government’s disaster risk reduction and management efforts in accordance with the PNP Critical Incident Management Operational Procedures (CIMOP).
“To prevent possible profiteering, hoarding and illegal acts of price manipulation in areas under state of calamity, Albayalde has instructed the Criminal investigation and Detection Group and intelligence units of local police offices to coordinate closely with the regional and provincial offices of the Department of Trade and Industry to enforce the price freeze on basic and essential commodities in areas declared under state of calamity,” it added.
“Albayalde said RA 7581 or the Price Act of 1992 provides a minimum 60-day price freeze on basic and essential commodities or automatic price control upon declaration of state of calamity,” PNP said.