Bicol on red alert as it braces for typhoon ‘Bising’

Published April 18, 2021, 8:22 AM

by Niño Luces

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – The Bicol Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has put its operation center under “red alert status” as preparation for super typhoon “Bising”.

Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Bicol spokesperson Gremil Naz said that this means highest level of monitoring, coordination and reporting is recommended to all response agencies and local DRRMs.

Response assets are now on standby for any possible worst scenario.

As of 4 p.m. on April 17, 2021, there are at least 623 passengers stranded in different ports in Bicol region.

Naz said 599 passengers are stranded at Manog port, 22 at Tabaco port and 2 at Pilar port.

In Albay province, governor Al Francis Bichara, chair of the PDRRMC issued advisory ordering strict implementation of no sailing policy to any type of sea vessels in areas under signal number 1.

All activities near rivers and coastal waters are prohibited.

Strict observance of minimum health  protocols against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is recommended.

In Sto. Domingo town in Albay province, mayor Jun Aguas has activated its disaster response team as preventive measure against the possible effect of typhoon ‘Bising’.

He also ordered the barangay officials to keep monitoring for possible preventive evacuation in areas threatened by lahar, landslide, flooding and storm surge.