Gov't assures readiness for typhoon 'Jenny'

Safety measures to mitigate the possible effects of typhoon "Jenny" have been implemented nationwide to ensure the safety of the communities and to immediately provide response services in case of emergency, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator and NDRRMC Executive Director Ariel Nepomuceno said emergency preparedness and response (EPR) protocols of the NDRRMC were already activated in anticipation of Jenny's impact.

EPR protocols are sets of actions that must be undertaken by national government agencies and local government units (LGUs) before the onslaught of a storm and during response operations.

Nepomuceno headed a pre-disaster risk assessment (PDRA) meeting of the OCD with regional DRRM councils (RDRRMCs) that might be affected by Jenny on Sunday, Oct. 1.

"We continue to coordinate with different agencies and our regional counterparts to prepare and provide ample response, ensuring that all necessary measures are in place from the national down to the local level," Nepomuceno said.

Nepomuceno said that the anticipated needs of the regions were also tackled during the meeting.

"OCD regional offices and the RDRRMCs are all prepared for this weather disturbance. No major needs are required from the national government at this moment,” he added.

Jenny was last spotted at 655 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, and is moving northwestward at 10 km per hour, based on the weather bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as of 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2.

In the weather forecast of PAGASA, it said heavy rainfall will be experienced over mainland Cagayan, Isabela, Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar. 

The provinces of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, mainland Cagayan, and Isabela may experience heavy rainfall until Tuesday afternoon due to Jenny, it noted.

Further, Jenny will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) and bring occasional monsoon rains over the western portions of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for the next three days, it said.

Nepomuceno said that the OCD will closely coordinate with its regional counterparts and other government agencies as it monitors the progress of the typhoon.