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As ‘Odette’ looms, the Philippine Coast Guard prepares for emergency operations.

As the country prepares for Tropical Storm Rai, which will be dubbed “Odette” once it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday night, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has begun deploying its personnel and equipment.

Admiral Leopoldo Laroya, the PCG commandant, urged multiple PCG districts, stations, and sub-stations to prepare for evacuations, rescue operations, and relief missions in collaboration with local government units in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

PCG units in the Caraga and Western Visayas areas have been particularly advised by Laroya to activate their deployable response groups (DRG) and rapid reaction teams (QRT) as well as assess their available search and rescue (SAR) assets and equipment.

“Let us keep a tight eye on things and plan ahead of time to ensure that people’s lives are secure so that we may all celebrate Christmas with our family and loved ones,” Laroya added.

In reaction to the decision, the PCG said all of its ready for sail’ vessels have been ordered to take cover, while station and sub-station commanders in the impacted areas prepare to issue necessary maritime safety advisories to the public.

PCG units that are not in areas that are expected to be directly affected by the tropical storm were tasked with assisting the PCG Auxiliary in repacking food, medical supplies, hygiene kits, and other relief packages in order to ensure the timely delivery of humanitarian aid to affected communities.

Over 10,000 barangays in the Visayas and Mindanao, as well as certain places in Southern Luzon, are expected to be affected after “Odette” makes landfall, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

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