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PNP chief optimistic of survivors from recent landslides

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde remains hopeful of finding survivors from the landslides in Naga City, Cebu and Itogon, Benguet.

“We are hopeful and we are not giving up there. I hope we can retrieve some victims that are still alive there. We cannot be pessimistic. We are optimistic we will get some survivors especially in Naga, Cebu,” Albayalde said in a press conference on Monday.

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Due to Typhoon Ompong that battered Northern Luzon, some police stations including the PNP’s regional headquarters in Cagayan were destroyed, with the damage estimated at P7.6 million, Albayalde said.

“As of this time, the repair or renovation of their regional headquarters in Cagayan is immediate. The roof was blown away. There are leaks in that office every time it rains,” he said.

Meanwhile, Albayalde assured that preparations are in place for Typhoon Paeng.

“Well in terms of such occurrences, basically we declare red alert and our rescue personnel with training in search and rescue are all on standby,” he said.

“In times of calamities, disasters, what we have is manpower. Although we have less equipment, we provide manpower, skills – all of them are trained for search and rescue,” he added.#