SEPTEMBER 13, 2018, CLARK, PAMPANGA—Philippine private companies are preparing for the onslaught of Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong), with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) raising the alert status of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC)—the first of its kind in the world to be run by the private sector—to Red with 24/7 hazard monitoring and risk analysis.

“We are conducting Emergency Response Preparedness actions among our eight clusters, which include Power, Fuel, & Energy; Food & Non-Food; Water; Finance & Insurance; Search & Rescue – Medical; Logistics; Telecommunications; and Infrastructure to prepare for the typhoon and any potential damage,” said Ninoy Castro, PDRF Operations Center Director.

Aside from monitoring the typhoon, the PDRF Emergeny Operations Center has also released continuous advisories to member companies and conducted minimum preparedness actions, coordinating with government agencies like NDRRMC and DSWD for collaborative efforts.

“Furthermore, PDRF has ensured that its cluster members are prepared to assist affected communities and augment national response efforts,” added Castro.