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Bicol's QRRT readies for eventualities on rocket debri fall from NoKor satellite launch
By: Marlon A. Loterte
Thursday 12th of April 2012
LEGAZPI CITY, April 12 (PIA) -- Bicol's Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Tuesday has activated the Quick Response Recovery Team (QRRT) and now on stand-by and high alert mode to respond on any eventuality that rocket debris might possibly hit areas the Bicol region during the launching of North Korea’s “Kwangmyongsong-3” satellite between April 12 – 16, 2012.

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

Alejandro added that the QRRT is 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).

He 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.

Alejandro noted that the rocket will follow a south ward trajectory, along or over Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines. The second stage of which is expected to fall in an area 190 kilometers east of Luzon including Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Authorities, meanwhile, confirmed that only the fragments of the spent rocket booster will fall in the territorial waters of the country approximately 180km East of Polilio Island or 130km North off Catanduanes.

Although no communities will be directly threatened by falling debris, RDRRMC assured the public that contingency plans have already been established in case of in-land fall-out of debris.

The council likewise urged the public to be ready for official announcements and advisories from their respective local government units (LGUs) and from the Office of Civil Defense and Department of Interior and Local government in the region through radio and TV programs.

In case of debris sightings and other related events, the public is advised to report to the nearest authorities such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and Beaureu of Fire Protection(BFP).

RDRRMC stressed that, “no contact shall be made with the debris as same may be harmful to your health.” Only the designated QRRT will recover and secure said debris.

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

OCD and RDRRMC hotlines, (052)481-5031 or 09175747880/09285053861, are open to the public for further clarifications and reports. (MAL/SAA-PIA 5, Albay)

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