By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
MAYOR Jose Espinosa III plans to issue an executive order that will temporarily suspend the sale of liquor in the city as a precautionary measure as Typhoon “Ompong” (international name Mangkhut) passes through the country.
According to Espinosa, he will consult with the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) before issuing the necessary suspensions.
“Kung maglala, I will take advise from the CDRRMC kung may storm surge na and tubig sa barangay kag mapaguwa ta sang temporary executive order nga untatan ang pagbaligya sang whiskey or other liquor. Instead maginom-inom ma prepare na lang sila kag mag-focus sa ila pamilya,” said Espinosa.
The mayor added that the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) will be operating for 24 hours to monitor the status of the city and issue weather advisories from time to time.
“Ginapa-operate na naton ang CDRRMO 24 hours para the executive can be properly apprised sang mga actions nga pagahimuon naton and we can be ready na ma-announce class suspensions,” he said.
Meanwhile CDRRMO, Early Warning System Unit Leader Angeli M. Buencuchillo said that they already deployed teams to assess the coastal and low-lying barangays in the city.
“We are monitoring the 25 coastal barangays in the city especially Ortiz, Sto. Niño Sur, Sto. Niño Norte, and Calaparan, which are highly prone to storm surge. Gina-monitor man naton ang Brgy. Navais, Brgy. So-oc, and Brgy. Calubihan nga una ginaapektuhan sang baha,” she noted.
Despite having no direct effect on the city, Buencuchillo stated that the city will still be expecting the effects of Southwest Monsoon or habagat.
Typhoon “Ompong” has slightly slowed down as it continues to move westward over the Philippine sea at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
“Ompong” maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph and is expected to make landfall in the northern Cagayan on Saturday morning.