Region 1 DRRMC prepares for ‘Mangkhut’

Published September 11, 2018, 5:59 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Freddie Lazaro

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — Members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Region 1 (RDRRMC1) have prepared a doable plan to mitigate the effect of Typhoon Mangkhut.

Director Melchito M. Castro, the chairperson of RDRRMC1, convened an emergency response preparedness meeting of the RDRRMC1 officials for the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) on the possible impact of Typhoon Mangkhut in the region.

As of Monday afternoon, Castro said that Ilocos region is under “blue alert” status.

As part of the preparedness plan, he conducted an inventory of assets of different RDRRMC member-agencies ready for deployment during disasters.

However, he called all responders to report all assets and personnel to the emergency operation center of the OCD Region 1 before deployment to the disaster’s affected areas for proper accounting and documentation.

Aside from the inventory of assets for emergency response, Castro asked from the Philippine Army the list and the address with contacts of all their units in the Ilocos region for immediate coordination during disasters.

“These army units are tap as the immediate responders in case a “worst case scenario” may occur during typhoons or any form of disasters,” he said.

To assess the volume of water that might be brought by Habagat in the Ilocos region, the technical experts from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1 are asked to provide a data of rainfall gauges every hour per province.

Typhoon Mangkhut (International Name), a classified super typhoon by PAGASA with a local name: “Ompong,” may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday evening with an expected intensity of around 210/260 kilometer per hour. The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday (September 15, 2018).

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 may be raised over the Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2) as early as Thursday; and it is forecasted that heavy rains directly associated with the typhoon will possibly occur by Friday (September 14, 2018) in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Due to the threatening impact of Typhoon Mangkhut, Castro reiterated the advisory from PAGASA calling all residents near river channels, in low lying areas and in mountainous areas to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides.

Castro asked all members of the DRRMOs to closely monitor all river basins in the region as the typhoon will bring heavy rains to the Ilocos provinces.

“The sea travel is risky over the seaboard of Batanes and the fishing venture at the West Philippine Sea is also risky,” he added. (Freddie G. Lazaro)