Aimed to provide accurate information on crisis situation in Marawi City, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has established a command center in Iligan City.
Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold E. Clavite shares in a press conference on May 29 that the PCOO through Secretary Martin Andanar established Mindanao hour with command center in cities of Davao and Iligan. Secretary Martin Andanar leads Davao operation while DG Clavite in Iligan.
The press conference was held with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), Iligan City local government unit (LGU), Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Philippine Information Agency – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PIA-PCOO), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) to update media on crisis situation in Marawi City.
Through this command center, the PCOO-PIA will provide much needed support to make sure information / consolidation of reports are smooth and correct.
Further, all information from region 10 and ARMM, are verified in the command and coordinating center in Iligan and submitted to Davao, this is the same report OCD is giving to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). If there is new information, there will be press briefings daily.
Clavite urges friends in the media to emanate information from the command center. “We try all our best to manage information well.”
He said, especially now there’s a lot of information going around social media. As much as possible we work together here to know the real information. This is the first time that region 10 and ARMM are working together. We have good working relationship and working together in crisis management. Clavite urges everyone to help each other to spread correct information especially on social media.
Meanwhile, LtCol Benedicto Manquiquis, commanding officer, 1st Civil Military Operation (CMO) Batallion, 1stInfantry (Tabak) Division, is asking the public to let soldiers do the clearing operations. He says, “We see to it to minimize collateral damage such as in crossfire.” He also said they have snipers.
The situation in Marawi is different because this is urban setting, but we have equipment, which can see in nighttime to see lawless elements, he said.
The civilians have guns but are not authorized to use said Manquiquis. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) uses calibrated airstrikes. AFP considers Ramadan and considers airstrikes without collateral damage.
“We are extending our helping hand affected by lawless elements in Marawi city. May nakarating tulong galing Metro Manila dala sa Philippine Navy nandyan sa Brgy Buru-un, Ma. Cristina, sa evacuation centers,” said Mayor Celso Regencia.
He also explained lockdowns being implemented by the local government. According to him, this request of lockdown is from the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) if they have operations to avoid collateral damage in case of encounters in the city. It was implemented on the night before for three hours but in the morning, the city was business as usual.
If they need information di natin ipagkait sa kanila sa mga sundalo sa Marawi city ngayon.
We are trying to involve barangay captains, dapat we can come up to a timely information para hindi tayo mukhang kawawa. Kinausap naming sila na hind maging marahas, dapat observe human rights and rule of law.
This time ang mga sundalo natin and PNP are more professional. Hindi pwede i-abuso mga tao at mga evacuees.
Business as usual. Yung curfew hour kailangan sundin. We will validate gaano ka totoo ang impormasyon natin.
The mayor also said, “Tuloy tuloy po ang pagtanggap ng evacuees, we can identify how many evacuees staying with their relatives.”
A total of 47,293 families are evacuated from Marawi City and are now in Iligan, mayor Regencia said. (JMOR/PIA10)