Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bicol, Philippines No Fear of Korea Rocket Missile

Disaster authorities here lifted on Friday the alert status from high to normal in the provinces of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes after the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued a directive for it, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said Friday.

Raffy Alejandro, OCD regional director and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Mnagement Council (RDRRMC) chairperson, said the lifting of the alert status was due to the unsuccessful launch of the North Korea Rocket this morning.

The provinces of Camarines Norte and Catanduanes were placed in heightened alert since Wednesday in the wake of a possible threat of a missile debris fall due to a NoKor rocket launch.

Alejandro said he issued on Friday a directive to all disaster councils that the "No Sailing, Fishing and Flying Zone" policies be terminated immediately.

Alejandro said lifting the alert status would enable sea crafts, and planes in threatened areas in Bicol to pursue their normal navigational routes.

RORO passenger sea vessels and other sea crafts plying the routes Tabaco-Virac began their normal operation after the warning was lifted.

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