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Disaster management office can expect police help during flooding

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is ready to deploy 30 police officers to help the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO) in the event of severe flooding.

The onset of the weather phenomenon La Niña has brought heavy rains, causing flooding in some parts in the city, particularly in barangays near the Butuanon River and Mahiga Creek.

The flood-prone barangays are Alang-Alang, Subangdaku, Paknaan, Casuntingan, Umapad and Ibabao-Estancia.

On Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020, some barangays experienced heavy flooding after water from the Butuano River overflowed, displacing more than 2,000 residents.

MCPO Director Col. Jonathan Abella has tasked police officers under the City Mobile Force Company to assist in disaster responses conducted by the DRRMO.

According to Abella, the MCPO will provide 12 police officers from the headquarters and two to three officers from each of the six police stations.

Abella said these police officers underwent training on disaster responses, including search and rescue operations.

He said the 30 police officers may not have other rescue equipment save for life vests, but they can provide additional manpower.

The DRRMO in Mandaue City has 123 personnel assigned in emergency medical services, search and rescue and high-angle rescue. They are also tasked to respond to any Covid-19-related emergencies. (KFD)


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