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All AFP rescue units were notified for Mawar.

In preparation for potential humanitarian assistance and disaster response (HADR) operations in areas that could be impacted by the approaching Super Typhoon Mawar, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced on Thursday that it had alerted all of its search, rescue, and retrieval units.

“All unified commands and major services were already directed to muster and check the readiness of HADR equipment and assets; preposition HADR units; assist LGUs (local government units) in evacuations; and participate in coordination meetings and planning activities,” according to a statement from AFP spokesperson Col. Medel Aguilar.

According to Medel, vehicles and personnel are getting ready to help with the required evacuation of residents in risky areas.

Aguilar noted that aviation and naval forces are also on standby for deployment for future aerial inspection, transport, and evacuation operations.

A total of 7,970 personnel, 4,242 Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) active auxiliary members, and 180 reservists are on alert as first responders.

Some 2,518 land transportation, 20 air, and 265 sea assets will be deployed for the HADR operations.

Aguilar also emphasized that more personnel and resources would be allocated as needed.

“Therefore, we urge the general public to exercise caution and follow the advice of competent authorities. He added that let’s all do our share to ensure the safety of the responders and the affected communities.

AFP places food supplies in Batanes

As this happened, the AFP Thursday used a Lockheed C-130 “Hercules” transport plane to fly about 850 boxes or 7,395 kg of family food packs to Batanes.

Col. Jorry Baclor, head of the AFP public affairs office, stated that this is being done in anticipation of any potential effects the super typhoon may have on the province.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, the Philippine Coastguard, the Philippine National Police, and members of the Air Force’s Tactical Operations Group 2 assisted in loading the relief supplies that were donated by the Department of Social Welfare and Development at the Tuguegarao Airport.

On alert: DPWH

Meanwhile, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Manuel Bonoan has ordered the activation of Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) teams of the agency’s Regional and District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in preparation for the weather disruption.

“Our quick response assets composed of maintenance crew with equipment are now strategically prepositioned along national roads to respond to possible road closures and obstructions,” he said.

“Earlier, Regional and DEOs were also instructed to prune trees, de-clog drainage, and clear waterways to prevent/mitigate road accidents and flooding on the onset of the typhoon,” the DPWH head added.

According to Bonoan, the quick response teams would routinely evaluate and report on the condition of national roads and bridges.

According to him, the teams are also tasked with removing obstructions from national roads, finding alternate routes to ensure uninterrupted delivery of goods and services, and offering temporary structures to restore mobility.

Mawar is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by late Friday or early Saturday and will be given the local name Betty.

While moving through the country’s oceans, the super typhoon is predicted to get stronger. It could strengthen the southwest monsoon, bringing rains to the western portions of Luzon and Visayas starting on Sunday or Monday.

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