Muntinlupa orders preemptive evacuation as typhoon ‘Ulysses’ nears Metro Manila

Published November 11, 2020, 1:03 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Muntinlupa City government has ordered the preemptive evacuation of residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas as Signal No. 3 was raised over Metro Manila as typhoon “Ulysses” nears. 

A rescue boat of the Muntinlupa City government (MCDDRM)

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi placed the Muntinlupa City Department of Disaster Resilience and Management (MCDDRM) Emergency Operations Center on blue alert Wednesday (Nov. 11) whereby contingency plans and risk analysis, and monitoring will be implemented. 

“All concerned response agencies are hereby requested to submit their respective available resources and preparedness actions on or before November 11, 2020. Moreover, further request to stand-by readiness in preparation for a full scale response operation. Heightened monitoring will be implemented,” the mayor said in a memorandum. 

He also convened the Local Disaster Risk Response and Management Council (LDRRMC) on Tuesday to discuss the local government’s preparation and response efforts.

MCDDRM chief Erwin Alfonso has ordered Barangay Disaster Risk Response and Management Councils to conduct immediate preemptive and forced evacuation of communities in coastal areas identified as flood and landslide prone areas. 

This is in compliance with the order of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) for local government units to conduct preemptive and forced evacuation in their areas. Preemptive evacuation was also implemented in Muntinlupa during typhoon “Rolly.” 

The Muntinlupa City government has prepositioned emergency response resources and equipment such as rescue boats, generators, emergency vehicles, search and rescue equipment, among others.

Alfonso advised residents to be vigilant and monitor advisories from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the local government.

The MCDDRM has installed an early warning system across the city to inform communities in a timely manner about typhoon signal warnings, severe flooding and earthquakes.