Heightened AFP and PNP presence in Yolanda-stricken areas
by FFE PH News staff
Almost a week since supertyphoon Yolanda hit the Philippines, the catastrophic effect it left Leyte and the surrounding areas is getting more apparent.
As victims are getting desperate for any form of aid, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have taken precautionary measures in maintaining peace and order in typhoon-stricken areas.
According to a government report, the AFP and PNP have increased their presence on the streets and during deliveries and distribution of relief goods to the victims to prevent looting. Checkpoints have also been established.
Police Deputy Director General Fil Rojas of Leyte has designated text-only hotline for security concerns of citizens. The number is 09166251554.
The Tacloban City Government has also imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.
According to the AFP, they deployed five more helicopters to Tacloban City last Tuesday, adding to the six helicopters that were already performing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response operations in the city.
Simba armored personnel carriers (APCs) were also deployed to Tacloban City and have been circulating the city as a part of the heightened AFP and PNP presence.
Navy boats and M35 trucks from the AFP are also being used in delivering relief goods to other typhoon-stricken areas like Aklan, Northern Iloilo and Antique province.