Marikina City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro assured the public that the local government is ready for the expected onslaught of Super Typhoon Mawar.
In a statement released on Thursday, May 25, Teodoro said frontline personnel have been prepositioned, equipped with the necessary tools to respond to emergency situations during the typhoon.
They will be readily deployed to respond to areas that will need assistance.
Frontline personnel have been ordered to stay alert and thoroughly monitor the effects of the typhoon in all parts of the city.
An augmentation force composed of volunteers was also formed to help frontline personnel in assisting the residents.
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The local government, through its command center at the Marikina Rescue 161 and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), is continuously monitoring the water level of the Marikina River.
In case the water level exceeds 15, 16, or 18 meters, the alarms of the city’s early warning system will go off to warn residents in areas near the vicinity of the river to evacuate
Teodoro urged residents to comply with the local government’s directives and cooperate with response teams, especially if forced evacuations are enforced.
Residents are also reminded to remain vigilant, alert, and prepared for the potential outcomes of the storm in their areas.
This includes staying updated and informed on the announcements of the local government about the storm, and its effects to the communities.
Marikeños are encouraged to call the emergency hotline (161) of the local government, or coordinate with their barangay officers to address any urgent concerns.
As of May 25, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced that tropical cyclone Mawar (international name) re-intensified into a super typhoon.
The typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and make landfall between Friday evening and Saturday morning this week. The typhoon will be named “Betty” locally.