Updates from AFP: Preparations and actions taken for Typhoon Lando, October 16, 2015

[October 17 AFP updates]

UPDATE 2 as of 8:00 p.m.
  • NOLCOM, AFP has already declared Red Alert status to all its troops effective 5 pm today to ensure its preparedness for possible disaster response operations in Luzon areas. Among the guidance of the Commander, MGen Glorioso V. Miranda AFP were namely: 1) to regularly conduct joint weather assesment with local DRRMCs & concerned government agencies; 2) warn local communities and disseminate effects of typhoon; 3) maintain positioning of liaison personnel at local DRRMCs and; 4) secure communities and sustain alerted DRTUs.
  • In 7ID area in Bongabon, troops from 703 Infantry Brigade conducted public announcement using loud speakers to warn communities about Typhoon Lando and make necessary preparations.
  • Troops are also preparing to haul relief goods from the Office of Civil Defense in Pampanga to Aurora Provincial Capitol as well as 250 sacks of rice and 100 sacks of canned goods from DSWD Region 3 in Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga to be transported also to Baler Aurora.


  • PAF update: Major General Raul L Del Rosario AFP, the 1st Air Division Commander, inspected the Disaster Relief and Rescue Teams at Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga on 16 October 2015. All DRTU personnel, equipment and air assets of 1st Air Division, Philippine Air Force are on alert status for the incoming Typhoon Lando. The Teams are equipped with hard hats, life vest, chain saw, axe, crow bar, hammer, rubber boats, utility ropes, flashlights, radios, stretcher, ladders, shovel, generator, lifesavers, and medical equipment and are capable of Search, Relief, Rescue, Recovery and Medical Aide. Each Team is provided with M35 Trucks with driver, security and intel personnel.

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UPDATE 1 as of 5:00 p.m.
  • All military units under Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) AFP were already alerted for possible disaster response operations.
  • Disaster Response Task Groups (DRTGs 1, 2, 3 & CAR-Cordillera Administrative Region) have been activated and are already in contact with their different counterparts in LGUs, Regional and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs), PNP and other LGAs such as DSWD, DILG & DOST.
  • Military troops composing DRTUs in the Infantry Divisions, Brigades and Battalions have already been formed and accounted and equipment checked.
  • The troops are also conducting rehearsals for different contingencies and communications equiptment checks for redundancy.
  • NOLCOM Battle Staff was already convened to closely monitor the situation.


  • The Philippine Air Force placed the 505th Search and Rescue Group and all disaster response teams on standby alert ready to respond in coordination with DRRMC.


  • PAF maintains a total of 14 rescue helicopters, 27 utility helicopters and 5 airlift aircraft deployed all over the country that may be utilized for Humanitarian and Disaster Response operations when needed.