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PNP to help in rescue, relief operations on 'Feria'

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered its regional directors in areas affected by tropical storm "Feria" to activate their respective Disaster Response Plans to help the local civil defense and government officials in rescue, relief, evacuation and rehabilitation operations.

PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa also alerted the Special Action Force, Maritime Group, and other national support units with search and rescue capability to be ready for deployment in the affected areas.

The National Capital Regional Police Office was also directed to ensure the availability of personnel and equipment for rescue and relief operations in low-lying and flood-prone areas in Metro Manila.

Verzosa issued the instructions after receiving initial reports about the effects of the tropical storm in some affected provinces.

Reports reaching the National Operations Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, indicate minimal damage to infrastructure and property as a result of "Feria's" onslaught.

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