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The PNP has sent troops to help with the ‘Odette’ relief and rehabilitation works.

Thousands of police officers have been dispatched by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assist in the continuing cleaning and rehabilitation work in regions ravaged by Typhoon Odette.

“Because it is so important to our goal, we will never stop helping.” Even if some of our staff are also disaster victims, calamities like Typhoon Odette can best assess the strength of our working force,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said in a statement Monday night.

Reactionary Standby Support Force has deployed 5,837 personnel from Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for relief, search, and rescue operations.

A total of 808 employees had been assigned to secure evacuation locations as of Sunday. According to Carlos, 142 rescue operations were also carried out, saving 1,263 people.

Meanwhile, 7,157 evacuation shelters were set up across the country, housing 35,940 families.

The PNP has also maintained peace and order, which is especially important at this time when basic supplies like food, water, fuel, and even electricity are in short supply.

“This is the pinnacle of Bayanihan. “Wherever assistance is required, the PNP will be present,” Carlos said.

Meanwhile, sailors and Marines from various Philippine Navy (PN) units in the Manila-Cavite area were dispatched to the Ateneo de Manila University campus and the GMA Network Center in Quezon City on Dec. 19 to assist in the transport of relief supplies for typhoon victims in Cebu.

“A total of 1,000 food packs and 200 sacks of rice from Tanging Yaman Foundation Inc. were transported and loaded on BRP Agta (LC-290) in Cavite City,” PN spokesperson Commander Benjo Negranza said Monday night.

He went on to say that BRP Agta left on Monday morning with 145,600 kg of relief products and other cargo bound for Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, to be delivered to those affected by “Odette.”

“The Navy’s ability to provide manpower and logistical support, as well as a trustworthy partner in humanitarian help and disaster response, is demonstrated by this attempt. This also emphasizes the value of collaborating with partner institutions for the common goal of assisting Filipinos affected by the current disaster “Negranza said.

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