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Bicol braces for super typhoon

Police forces in Bicol region were placed yesterday in highest security alert status to maximize the response mechanism for the possible onslaught of a weather disturbance which weather experts said could fall under super typhoon category.

Chief Supt. Victor Deona, director of the Bicol regional police, revealed that the full alert status hoisted in the entire region is part of the preparations for Tropical Storm Haiyan, with some provinces in the region right on its path when it enters the country and subsequently make a landfall.

“I have already placed all our police units here in the region under full alert starting today (Tuesday). We want to make sure that every policeman is present, ready to be deployed in any area if worse comes to worst,” said Deona in a phone interview.

The official said the regional police leadership has been included in early preparations of the Regions Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) headed by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda since Monday.

Yesterday, Deona said all the relief and response plans have already been mapped out and finalized for implementation of all concerned government units, especially the police which is among the first responders.

Meanwhile, the tracking forecasts for Tropical Storm Haiyan showed it will be making landfall over the Visayas region this Friday, the government weather bureau warned. (Aaron B. Recuenco and Ellalyn B. De Vera)

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