Wednesday, 16 March 2011 22:38
The Philippines is not a subject of an immediate threat following the explosion that hit a nuclear power plant in Fukusima, Japan last Friday.
This was the clarification issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) after a meeting that was held Monday afternoon “to discuss contingency plans in connection with the potential effects of the nuclear emergency in Fukushima, Japan.”
Nonetheless, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) “are monitoring the situation, particularly the efforts of the Japanese Government to contain the damages,” a statement furnished by the NDRRMC to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here disclosed.
During the meeting, representatives from the DOST-PNRI and DOST-PAGASA likewise briefed member-agencies of the NDRRMC on possible scenarios arising from the damage sustained buy the cooling system at the nuclear power plant.
“In the event the Philippines will be affected the NDRRMC will put into action the existing National Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans (RADPLAN) that covers nuclear emergencies such as this,” the NDRRMC statement added.
The RADPLAN, according to the NDRRMC, “establishes an organized emergency response capability for timely, coordinated action of Philippine authorities in a peacetime radiological incident or emergency.”
The PNRI and the OCD then are given authority and responsibilities for coordinating activities of other agencies involved. (PNA/PIA9-BST)
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