MANILA, 6Nov2013 (PNA) – As part of the government’s pro-active measures, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Wednesday directed all governors and mayors along the forecasted path of typhoon “Yolanda” to activate their local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMC) in preparation for the possible effects of the cyclone.
Noting forecasts that “Yolanda” has the makings of a super typhoon, Roxas, who is also the vice chairman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), also instructed local government units in Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA to mobilize their disaster monitoring systems.
Roxas said the local executives should immediately adopt measures on how to effectively warn residents, particularly those living along the coastlines and other danger areas, on the possible impact of typhoon “Yolanda” in their respective areas.
”It’s better to be prepared than sorry in the end. Every hour is very important in saving lives,” said Roxas in a statement.
The DILG alert was sent through email and SMS blast to governors and mayors from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
Roxas advised the governors and mayors in these areas to seek assistance from the local police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Philippine Coast Guard, and other first-responder units in case there is a need to evacuate residents from danger zones.
He also instructed the local executives to mobilize all government vehicles that may be needed in the evacuation process.
“Importanteng ma-monitor ng ating mga local DRRMC ang galaw ng bagyong ito bago pa man tumama sa lupa. Walang saysay ang paghahanda kung hihintayin pa natin ang pagtama ng bagyo sa Pilipinas bago tayo kumilos,” he added.
Roxas specifically cited the need to identify and prepare evacuation centers in various cities and municipalities, where stock of relief goods are pre-positioned for distribution to residents that may be displaced by the calamity.
He also advised the governors and mayors to mobilize, in coordination with the local police, their respective Search and Rescue (SAR) teams so these can be immediately deployed in areas prone to landslides and flash floods.
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Tuesday morning that the cyclone, internationally codenamed Haiyan, may grow progressively more powerful until at least Nov. 7, Thursday.
The US meteorologists made a forecast that Haiyan could be at super typhoon strength, with a peak intensity at 241 kilometers per hour, by the time it strikes the central Philippines.
According to weather forecasters in PAGASA, Haiyan is moving westward at 20 kph and may make landfall over Eastern Visayas or Bicol.
Once “Haiyan” enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it will be codenamed Yolanda.
It may then affect the Samar provinces, Bicol and MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Thursday or Friday. (PNA)