W. Visayas readies for Ompong

Published September 12, 2018, 6:34 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Tara Yap

Iloilo City—The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-6) has been preparing for the effects of typhoon Ompong, which is now in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Jose Roberto Nuñez, regional director of Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6), said all local government units (LGUs) and government agencies in the region’s six provinces and two highly urbanized cities have activated its disaster response teams.

While it was sunny for most of the day, slight rain has been recorded in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as in the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod by late Wednesday afternoon.

Nuñez, who is also the RDRRMC-6 chairperson, noted that several LGUs are contemplating on whether or not to suspend classes by Thursday. However, there are no announcements yet.

While Ompong is forecasted to hit Northern Luzon, localities in Western Visayas are also preparing to similar experience when super typhoon Yolanda wrecked havoc to most parts of the region five years ago.

Meanwhile, OCD-6 also cancelled the scheduled inter-agency meeting in Boracay Island on Friday to monitor Ompong.