Quick-response fund of P500 million is available for Betty’s relief activities.
According to the Office of Civil Defence (OCD), it has roughly PHP 500 million in rapid reaction funds (QRF) that may be used for any necessary relief operations following Super Typhoon Betty.
OCD administrator Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno stated on Sunday that this can be broken down into PHP256.2 million for the standby QRF for 2023 and another PHP244.7 million from the “continuing QRF from last year.”
“Besides the QRF, the OCD Central (Office) and its regional offices have prepositioned non-food products worth PHP108.2 million. To help the impacted communities, all of these are prepared for distribution. He continued that other government resources, such as our emergency telecommunications equipment and transportation assets, are also available.
Nepomuceno added that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) emergency preparedness and response (EPR) protocols have now been triggered in various nation regions.
Before the storm hits and during the response process, local government units (LGUs) and other government agencies must follow EPR protocols.
We are still coordinating with many agencies to ensure Super Typhoon “Betty” is ready. This guarantees that all necessary measures, from the national to the local level, are in place. According to Nepomuceno, we have already determined and turned on the necessary emergency readiness and response protocols in the several locations that the weather disturbance will impact.
In the meantime, 1,679 teams from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Armed Forces of the Philippines are ready to conduct search, rescue, and recovery operations.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development claimed it had PHP2.2 billion in its main office, field offices, and National Resource Operations Centre regarding stockpile and standby funds.
Government response groups were also activated on May 26 before the cyclone.
PH Army strengthens its readiness.
As this happened, the 5th Infantry Division (5ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) continued collaborating with other government organizations to strengthen preparations for Typhoon Betty’s potential impact on Northern Luzon.
“On the afternoon of May 27, the 5ID, whose operational area includes the Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, and the Ilocos Region, mustered its disaster response team at Camp Melchor F. Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela. Additionally, 5ID commander Maj. Gen. Audrey L. Pasia gave regional director Leon DG Rafael Jr. an update on the deployment status of Army disaster response forces in the area, according to PA spokeswoman Col. Xerxes Trinidad late Sunday.
The National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council’s pre-positioning of water filtration equipment in strategic Cagayan Valley locations was another topic of discussion among the officials.
Rafael informed Brig. In a separate meeting, Gen. Eugene Mata, commander of the 502nd Infantry Brigade, on the disaster risk profile of potential typhoon-affected areas in the northern part of Cagayan.
Meanwhile, Trinidad stated that soldiers from the Army attended the multi-agency Cagayan Provincial Incident Management Team meeting to explore strategies for quick and effective disaster response and humanitarian relief activities in the province.
The PA headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila, had already warned all of the PA’s disaster response units to prepare for potential deployment to areas endangered by the super typhoon.
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