Pre-emptive measures minimize impact of Typhoon Egay in Region 1: DIMTG

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The Disaster Incident Management Task Group (DIMTG) of the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) under Police Senior Supt. Marlou C. Chan, TG Commander/ Deputy Regional Director for Operations (DRDO), reported relatively low damages in properties and infrastructure wrought about by Typhoon “Egay” that hit Northern Luzon over the weekend (July 5).

Based on the monitoring of the PRO1 DIMTG (as of 8:00 AM of July 6), a total of 7,883 persons from 1,897 families from the municipalities of Aringay, San Gabriel, San Juan, Bacnotan, Luna, Bangar, Bauang and City of San Fernando were rescued and evacuated to the 23 evacuation centers.

Six civilians were reported injured due to the typhoon while one police personnel was wounded during the conduct of rescue operation in Barangay Biday, City of San Fernando.

Chan said the preemptive measures undertaken by the concerned agencies and the citizens to include the early activation of the DIMTG up to the municipal and police stations greatly contributed to safer rescue operations and lesser number of victims.

The PRO1 DIMTG commander also added that around 277 police personnel were earlier deployed in the rescue operations.

“As part of our preemptive measures, as early as July 3, we have already activated the DIMTGs down to police station level and alerted our rescue operation teams to respond appropriately in cooperation with the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD1)”, Chan added.

Meanwhile, personnel of the Currimao Police Station in Ilocos Norte rescued early morning of July 6, four Chinese and one Taiwanese nationals from a fishing vessel that went adrift along the seashore of Barangay Torre in Currimao town.

The foreign nationals were brought to Currimao Municipal Health Office for medical treatment.#