CITY PREPARES FOR ‘MANGKHUT’

SATELLITE image from NOAA of Typhoon Mangkhut outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of September 11, 2018, 5 p.m.

By: Emme Rose Santiagudo

ILOILO CITY Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) head Darwin Papa assured Ilonggos that the city government is preparing for a potential super typhoon through a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment.

“As the directive of our CDRRMO, Chairman, Mayor Jose Espinosa III maga-conduct kami subong sang Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment. The City Engineers Office (CEO) will be looking into their clearing teams kung pila sa mga tawo nila ang available para manghawan and the General Services Office (GSO) will check the vehicles na gamiton during preemptive evacuation and kung ano ang kailangan ipreparar,” Papa explained.

Authorities have cautioned the public on the looming entry of typhoon “Mangkhut” which will be named “Ompong” when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Papa said that the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) would be reporting the number of available food packs and items for the evacuees, while the Department of Education (DepEd) will identify the available evacuation centers.

According to CDRRMO, aside from the assessing preparations specifically of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), City Engineers Office, General Services Office (GSO), and other organizations, they will also enforce pre-emptive response.

“For the city, ang aton practice nga ginahimo is pre-emptive response hindi parehos sang una nga ginahulat pa naton nga may ma-apektuhan bag-o ta maghulag, subong na-identify na naton ang mga barangay nga pirmi nga ginabaha or gina-apektuhan sang ulan to evacuate in the nearest evacuation centers,” Papa said.

The CDRRMO also advised the public to stay alert and prepare food and first aid packs.

“For our general public we are asking everybody na maging alerto and maghanda kita. Hindi ta maghatag kompiyansa kag kung maghambal ang aton local authority nga mag evacuate kita follow naton sila kag mag-evacuate sa pinakalapit na evacuation center,” Papa added.

“Mangkhut” is expected to hit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as of 4:00 AM today, the eye of typhoon “Mangkhut” was located at 1,820 km East of Southern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 160 km/h and gustiness of up to 195 km/h. It is moving West at 30km/h.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC)-6 also raised caution on “Mangkhut.”

RDRRMC-6 chair Jose Roberto Nuñez said Western Visayas would experience heavy rains brought by southwest monsoon or habagat. But he said the public should not be complacent as the weather changes rapidly.

“Always listen to the news. Be ready and alert with first aid kits, flashlights, and protective gears,” he said.

Nuñez, who is also the regional director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-6, said he has issued a memorandum order to the concerned local DRRMCs to monitor the situation and undertake precautionary measures.

The RDRRMC-6 held a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Tuesday to discuss preparations with concerned government agencies.

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