Police search and rescue personnel in MIMAROPA (Mindoro Occidental and Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) have been prepositioned and placed on standby for possible adverse effects of tropical storm “Quinta.”

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Residents of Baseco Compound put their boats on the shoreline as they prepare for tropical depression Quinta on Sunday. (Photo by Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN)

Lt. Col. Imelda Tolentino, spokesperson of the MIMAROPA regional police, said the purpose is to ensure the readiness of the local police forces in case the weather disturbance leaves a trail of destruction and compromises the safety of the residents.

She said Mindoro Oriental and Occidental  tapped more than 200 Search and Rescue Personnel while Marinduque and Romblon ensured the readiness of 65 and 131 of their personnel, respectively.

Palawan placed on standby 161 policemen while Puerto Princesa City alerted 78 tasked its personnel to be on guard.

There were no reported evacuees in the region but Tolentino said there were a total of 372 passengers stranded in Romblon ports and four others in Occidental Mindoro.

Almost 100 vehicles, some of them delivery trucks, were stranded in Oriental and Occidental Mindoro and Marinduque.

Several passenger and cargo ships were also not allowed to sail, according to Tolentino.

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