MANILA — The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management (NDRRM) Operations Center has been placed on “blue alert” noontime Monday due to inclement weather brought by the expected entry of a typhoon and a low pressure area (LPA) spotted off Daet, Camarines Norte.
“The National Council is in close coordination with its Regional DRRM Councils likely to be affected. At twelve noon today, the NDRRM Operations Center has raised its alert status to Blue in preparation for the effects of the LPA and typhoon,” NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad said in a statement.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has advised local government units that will be affected to take the necessary preparedness measures. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has ensured the prepositioning of food and non-food items in its central and field offices.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) has prepositioned the necessary medical supplies and equipment for response.
The NDRRMC chief also advised the public to stay vigilant and follow the orders of local government officials in their respective areas and to constantly monitor weather updates.
In an advisory, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said two weather systems are being monitored: the LPA located 355 km east of Daet, and Typhoon Talim (local name Lannie once its enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility).
The LPA will continue to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains with thunderstorms over Bicol Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA and Metro Manila.
Both “Talim” and the LPA will enhance monsoon rains over the provinces of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro and Palawan. PNA-northboundasia.com