With Typhoon “Ruby” (International name ‘Hagupit’) expected to make landfall this weekend, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday has placed all its forces on “blue alert” in anticipation of possible severe after effects caused by the massive storm.
Adverse weather brought by Ruby is expected to affect large parts of the Visayas, Bicol and Northern Mindanao.
Major Emmanuel Garcia, 7th Civil Relations Group commander, said the alert took effect 8 a.m.
“Blue alert status for the entire AFP is declared effective 8 a.m. of Dec. 4. AFP units/soldiers in areas that might be possibly affected/in the direct path of the storm are preparing for humanitarian assistance and disaster response in coordination with the LGUs (local government units), DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) and other line government agencies,” he added.
Under the “blue alert” status, the military can easily mobilize 50 percent of its strength should the need arises.
“Units/troops in adjacent area/not in the direct path are also on standby to provide assistance in the event that operational capacity of primary units in concerned areas is severely affected,” Garcia disclosed. PNA