Tue. May 11th, 2021

The chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) ordered on Monday all PNP units to lead in post disaster clean-up, relief and rehabilitation operations to give emergency services, relief caravans and commercial cargo unimpeded passage in areas hard-hit by Super Typhoon “Rolly.”

“In the spirit of bayanihan, the PNP is linking arms with local government units (LGUs), state agencies and NGOs (non-government organizations) in rebuilding and rising from the devastation left by Typhoon Rolly,” PNP Chief, Police General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan, said in a statement on Monday.

“The readiness of LGUs and police units in responding to emergencies and firm implementation of disaster mitigation measures resulted to minimal casualties despite the destructive force of the super typhoon,” he added.

Meanwhile, Cascolan said the PNP will assist the Department Trade and Industry (DTI) in enforcing a price freeze on basic commodities and essential goods in areas that will be declared under a state of calamity.

He explained that under Republic Act (RA) No. 7581 or the Price Act of the Philippines, automatic price control is imposed in areas that are declared under state of calamity for a period of not more than 60 days.

Aside from basic necessities and prime commodities listed or being monitored by the DTI, RA 7581 also covers those under regulation of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Health such as rice, sugar, poultry products, dairy products, cooking oil, cooking fuel, medicine and medical supplies.

Cascolan also said PNP facilities or offices damaged by Rolly will get of appropriate support from the National Headquarters to allow them to resume normal operations.

“As soon as all damage assessment reports are in, we can begin restoration work for damaged PNP facilities, he said. SOVEREIGNPH

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