THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday discourages donors of relief aids to fly to typhoon-hit areas without proper coordination with authorities.
Director Lina Sarmiento, Head of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR), advises donors to organize food caravans and relief convoys in coordination with the police, DSWD and local government units.
“We are advising them to organize food caravans or relief convoys and coordinate it with us or with the DSWD to ensure unhampered delivery of the much needed supplies to typhoon victims,” Sarmiento said.
“The PNP will provide the appropriate security escorts and route security to these food caravans to prevent untoward incidents,” Sarmiento added.
The PNP official also said that they have already transformed the PNP gymnasium in Camp Crame as Relief Center to process and repacked items being donated for victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
“Donated items are processed and repacked in the Center prior to shipment to DSWD relief depots in the disaster areas,” Sarmiento said adding that donors can coordinate with the Police Community Relations Group (PCRG). ANTHONY VARGAS