MANILA Despite the improving weather condition, the Philippine Navy (PN) announced that it is still on stand-by alert for possible disaster response operations brought about by the after effects of tropical storm "Marce."
Col. Omar Tonsay, PN spokesperson, said that five disaster response task units (DRTU) have been alerted for possible deployment in the coastal areas of Luzon.
These areas include La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan and Manila-Cavite areas.
Tonsay said a DRTU is composed of three to six disaster response teams (DRTs) and each DRT is composed of 10 to 12 on board a 6x6 truck and one rubber boat.
The PN spokesperson said that DRTs are also equipped with first aid kits.
Aside from these units, the PN naval assets in northern and western Luzon are also on standby for possible disaster response operations.
These ships are the BRP Liberato Picar (PG-377), BRP Manuel Gomez (PG-388), BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11), and BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (PF-15).
In Manila, a diesel fast craft (DF- 351) and BRP San Antonio Abad (AM-701) is already on standby alert while a DRTU in the Manila-Cavite area composed of DRTs from the Philippine Marines, Fleet-Marine ready force and the naval reserve command are on stand-by.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said rains may continue within the next 24 to 48 hours or until Friday due to the enhancement of the southwest monsoon or "hanging habagat."
The southwest monsoon will continue to dump occasional moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila, Bataan, Pampanga Aurora, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas, Quezon, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, and the Bicol Region. (PNA)