In anticipation of Typhoon Chedeng's landfall, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas urged officials of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and of local government units (LGUs) to ensure the safety not only of their local constituents, but also of tourists visiting various destinations this Holy Week.
"We should be able to consider the travelers as well in our preparations kapag mag-landfall," Roxas said.
Since this morning, thousands of both Filipino and foreign tourists have been traveling to tourist destinations in Luzon, which will most likely be affected by typhoon Chedeng.
According to PAGASA, these areas include the provinces of Aurora, Quezon or Isabela, and parts...
I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family of Jupiter Adrias, an OFW from Capiz, who was killed in a rocket attack in Libya.
Nakakalungkot na isa na namang bagong bayaning Filipino na inaasahan ng kanyang pamilya at ng ating bansa ang naging biktima ng walang saysay na karahasan. Taos puso akong nakikiramay sa mga na ulila ni Jupiter.
Government is ready to assist the Adrias family as they face these trying times. As of now, the primary concern is to bring home the remains of our kababayan Jupiter. Coordination with the DFA is currently underway in relation to this matter.
Kahit na masakit para sa atin ito, at habang madiin nating kinokondena ang karahasan, let us...
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas called on all local chief executives (LCEs) of Eastern Visayas and Southern Luzon provinces to stand guard and be ready for the expected entry of typhoon "Maysak" into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday.
"Malayo pa lang ang bagyo, ready at listo na dapat tayo sa posibleng hagupit nito," Roxas told provincial governors and mayors of cities and municipalities.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), typhoon "Maysak," which will be called "Chedeng" upon entering the PAR, was last seen 2,300 km East of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center, and...
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas assured the public that the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) will employ the "whole of government approach" in ensuring a "safe, secure, and solemn" observance of the Holy Week.
"We need a whole of government approach to ensure the safety and welfare of our citizens," Roxas said.
Under the PNP's OPLAN Ligtas-SUMVAC 2015, police personnel will be deployed to various areas where many people will converge during the Holy Week such as bus terminals, airports, seaports, places of worship, and even tourist attractions.
This entails close coordination with various LGUs of cities, municipalities, and provinces...
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas announced that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to pilot-test the effectiveness of its project to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in crime-prone areas (CCTV-B) at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and EDSA.
Roxas has previously ordered the PNP to procure and install a total of 100 CCTVs in crime-prone areas in Metro Manila to aid in crime investigation. He said priority should be given to the University Belt area in Manila to ensure the safety of students there.
Under the CCTV-B project, several CCTVs will be installed in strategic places in each identified crime-prone area such that it is well-covered and all...