By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Operations Center is now on red alert status in order to closely monitor the possible effects of Typhoon “Rosita” (international name Yutu).
In a statement, the NDRRMC said the raising of its alert status is also meant to ensure efficient coordination with member-agencies as the weather disturbance barrel its way to Northern Luzon.
Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator, said the preparations undertaken by the NDRRMC for Typhoon “Rosita” are built and established mechanisms to better counter the hazards brought by the weather disturbance.
“It is a must that the councils prepare and anticipate for the worst and implement the prepared contingency plans for hydromet,” Jalad said.
Jalad added that the response agencies are on alert and standby and ready for deployment should there be regions that need additional support.
The public is also advised to monitor weather updates and bulletins provided by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Jalad said.
With the hoisting of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS), issuance of gale warning will be released and automatically, sea trips will be cancelled. The public is advised to stay away from coasts and beaches and to cancel marine activities
On Sunday, Jalad presided a pre-disaster risk assessment (PDRA) meeting attended by representatives from NDRRMC member-agencies that include Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Science and Technology-PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Department of Education (DepEd) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
PAGASA earlier monitored the entry of Typhoon “Rosita” inside the Philippines area of responsibility (PAR) around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the 18th cyclone to enter the country this year.
As of 7 a.m. Monday, Typhoon “Rosita” has maintained its strength as it moves closer to Isabela-Aurora area.
The eye of Typhoon “Rosita” was located based on all available data at 460 km north northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (17.1 °N, 126.5 °E ) and moving west southwest at 20 kph. It has maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.