MANILA — Two Catholic Dioceses in the northern part of the country are preparing for Typhoon “Ferdie”, which is expected to make a landfall in Batanes on Wednesday.
Msgr. Noel Ian Rabago, Social Action Director of the Diocese of Laoag and Tuguegarao Social Action Director Rev. Father Augustus Calubaquib said their respective offices are on standby and prepared to take necessary action, if the need arises.
Though as of press time, Rabago noted that they have not yet felt the effects of the typhoon particularly in Ilocos Norte but they are ready, if there is a need to evacuate the people and provide for their needs, in case the typhoon caused some damage in their province.
The priest added that Churches under the diocese are open to serve as evacuation center, in case the residents need temporary shelter.
“Nakahanda tayo. All churches are ready as evacuation centers” he said in an interview over Radio Veritas.
The Archdiocese of Tuguegarao also asked the public for prayers after the province of Cagayan has been declared under Storm Signal 2 and 1.
Calubaquib is hoping that typhoon “Ferdie” will not create so much damage once it hit the province.
“Wala pang pag-ulan dito ngayon pero hopefully hindi na makapinsala” he said in a separate radio interview.
It was reported that Typhoon “Ferdie” will bring heavy rains and gusty winds in Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands as well as in some parts of northern Luzon.
Typhoon “Ferdie” is believed to be the strongest typhoon to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility, so far this year with winds up to 215 kph. PNA/northboundasia.com