RDRRMC Western Visayas now on alert for tropical storm ‘Nina’

ILOILO CITY — The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) here is hoping that tropical storm “Nina” will spare Western Visayas although preparations have already been put in place should it happen to affect this part of the country.

OCD regional director Rosario Cabrera today convened core members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) for a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) and will call for a second round of meeting Friday to know their ongoing preparations.

Cabrera said that local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) in the region were already alerted through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to revisit their preparations guided by their ‘Operation Listo’ or disaster preparedness manual.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also has its standby funds in addition to food packs that will be utilized when necessary.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also expressed its readiness to respond when there is a need for search and rescue operation.

The regional director added that since the tropical storm is expected to landfall on a holiday, they also identified focal persons whom they can get in touch with as the operation of the RDRRMC will be on a 24/7 mode.

‘Nina’ is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight or early Friday morning and will make a landfall over the Bicol Region by December 24 or 25, 2016. PNA-northboundasia.com