NDRRMC now on ‘Blue’ alert status for TD ‘Samuel’

Published November 20, 2018, 2:02 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Francis Wakefield

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is now on “Blue’ alert status to closely monitor the possible effects of Tropical Depression “Samuel.”


NDRRMC executive director and Civil Defense administrator Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, said the raising of the alert status came about following the Predisaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting held at the NDRRM Operations Center at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The meeting held Monday afternoon was attended by DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista and representatives from NDRRMC member-agencies such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DoST-Pagasa), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Department of Information, and Communication Technology (DILG), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Finance (DoF), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and OCD CAR.

Jalad asked the member-agencies to monitor the current weather system and ensure efficient coordination with each other.

The public, meanwhile, is also advised to monitor the weather situation and take necessary precautions while TD Samuel continues to prevail and affect the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.

PAGASA earlier said TD Samuel has maintained its strength as it continues to move west- northwestward at 15 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness up to 65 kph

Samuel is expected to intensify into a tropical storm before its possible landfall over Siargao (Surigao del Norte) or Dinagat Province on Tuesday evening.

TD Samuel is also expected to bring moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flooding and landslides over Caraga region, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Camiguin and Misamis Oriental.

Meanwhile, the DENR-MGB presented the geohazard analysis of TD Samuel in reference to the rainfall accumulation report of Pagasa. Possible landslides are identified in Regions 4-A, 5, 6, 7
and Caraga.

Agencies under the response cluster presented their respective preparedness measures for TD Samuel. Among these were the issuances of warnings and advisories to the Local Government Units by the DILG; DSWD’s efforts for the stockpiling of food and non-food items amounting to ₱2, 137,286,254.23; the prepositioning and stockpiling of medicines and supplies of DOH amounting to ₱41,944,400.70; and other NDRRMC member agencies have activated respective units for the monitoring of the tropical cyclone.