Bicol, Philippines Can Be Hit by Korea Missile Rocket

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Tuesday activated the Quick Response Recovery Team (QRRT) in case missile debris from the North Korean rocket falls in two Bicol provinces.

Raffy Alejandro, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) regional director and RDRRMC chairperson, said the provinces of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes are the areas being threatened by the missile debris fall.

The activation of QRRT composed of personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippine (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are on high alert and on stand-by for any eventuality.

Alejandro said the QRRT would be immediately deployed at sea or land to assist in the recovery of missile debris in case it falls in Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

The RDRRMC on Monday has activated Oplan Bicol Watch as a precautionary measure on the possible falling of debris from the North Korean rocket.

NDRRMC advisory said rocket debris might fall approximately 190 kilometers east off Polillo Island or 130 km north off Catanduanes.

Capt. Abraham Celso, commander of the Naval Forces of Southern Luzon (NAVFORSOL) at the RDRRMC meeting on Monday, said he ordered the deployment of two naval ships near Polillo Island where a missile debris is estimated to fall.

The RDRRMC also issued an advisory placing on Red Alert Status disaster regional agencies for possible mobilization and response operation.

Communities along coastal areas in the eastern seaboard where advised to stay indoors between April 12 to 16, the date where the North Korean rocket would be launched this year.

Residents were also advised to report to the nearest authorities sightings of falling debris and other related events.

The advisory also warned residents not to get in contact with the debris as same may be harmful to their health.

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