DILG: Gov't on top of Leyte quake disaster response
Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Catalino S. Cuy is assuring victims of the 6.5 earthquake that hit Leyte and nearby provinces last July 6 that the government is rallying all its resources for their aid.
Cuy said that around two weeks after the earthquake, various agencies of the government are still on their toes to make certain that all of the immediate needs of the victims are provided for.
He said that DILG and its attached agencies such as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are on the ground extending all the assistance to the victims and doing the rounds to assure that ongoing monitoring and coordination are in place.
"We are with you. In the aftermath of the Leyte earthquake, the government is on top of efforts to address all the urgent needs of the victims, and we will stand with you until you regain your normal lives back," he added.
Immediately after the earthquake, Cuy said the DILG rallied its regional counterparts to closely monitor the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake.
The PNP also directed the uniformed personnel of the Regional Public Safety Battalion of Region VIII to deploy its men for search and rescue operations in areas where the damage is quite considerable due to the earthquake.
Police personnel also aided Region VIII in securing vital installations in public and private establishments to prevent accidents such as electrocution and fire, and provided security for VIPs, multinational and local humanitarian agencies.
Aside from these, PNP personnel also provided police assistance in security operations in some areas of the Municipality of Kananga, one of the most affected towns in Leyte.
On the other hand, the BFP rendered immediate response as duty detailed officer to ensure seamless coordination among member-agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
BFP Region VII and VIII were also earlier placed on heightened alert as all fire stations were called to prepare in case massive fire incidents happen during or after a quake.
The fire bureau also ensured that all equipment and apparatus were available at the disposal of the fire personnel. OPLAN LISTO and OPLAN PAGHALASA (Paghahanda Laban sa Sakuna), programs initiated by DILG, were also activated by the BFP.