By: Cindy Ferrer
THE Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas (OCD)-6 warned the public to prepare for typhoons with the looming rainy season.
In an interview on June 11, 2018, Ma. Aletha Nogra, officer-in-charge of OCD-6, said the third to fourth quarter of the year is considered the “typhoon season” for Region 6.
“We should continue to monitor incoming typhoons because we really experience them during this time,” Nogra said.
Nogra said they are particularly focusing on the western section of Panay Island, as she recalled Typhoon “Frank” which hit the region on June 21, 2008, and caused widespread flooding in Iloilo City and province.
She said all Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMCs) in the region should intensify their information and education campaigns since they have already identified high-risk areas in their respective jurisdictions.
The public should know when they need to evacuate, the location of evacuation centers, and the things they need to bring during the evacuation, she added.
“Our authority is to facilitate to ensure that there is at least zero casualty. We advocate that we should be resilient and we should strengthen our preparedness, prevention, and mitigation to overcome the challenges.”
Meantime, Nogra said tropical storm “Domeng,” which left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday morning, had no significant effects in the region.
She revealed that cargo vessels with 58 passengers who were stranded on Sunday at Caticlan Port in Aklan were immediately allowed to travel when the weather became manageable and the sea was deemed safe for travel.
The OCD reported that three houses in Talisay City, Negros Occidental were demaged by strong winds and rain.
Based on the latest weather forecast, the region is experiencing cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms due to the southwest monsoon. (PNA)