Ilocos Norte gov’t prepares for typhoon ‘Lawin,’ advises early evacuation

LAOAG CITY — The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) here convened to prepare for typhoon ‘Lawin’ as it is forecasted to cross Ilocos Norte on Thursday.

On Monday, the Office of the Civil Defense in Region 1 has alerted all provincial DRRMC to brace for the impact of the said typhoon which is seen to intensify into a super typhoon.

With this, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos directed authorities and citizens residing in high-risk areas to conduct early evacuation.

The provincial veterinary office has also advised Ilocanos to evacuate their animals in high and safe places.

Barangay officials were also ordered to disseminate the forewarning to residents.

Dr. Luz Tabora of the Provincial Agriculture Office also advised farmers to harvest their maturing crops before the typhoon hits Northern Luzon.

She warned that if typhoon ‘Lawin’ brings strong winds and heavy rains, rice plants may be submerged which may cause serious loss to agriculture.

“At present, the total land area planted with rice in Ilocos Norte is 51,144 hectares. Out of that area, 32.5% or 16,626 hectares of rice plants were already harvested,” Tabora shared.

She added that 17.96% of the area is ready to be harvested within the week, while 15.08% are at the flowering stage and 16.53% are still at the maximum tillering (or vegetative) phase.

Tabora added that most crops in the towns of Solsona, Dingras, Marcos, Banna, Nueva Era, and Vintar are already harvestable.

Fishermen were also warned not to sail into the seaboards as the waves may become rough any time.

Meanwhile, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Officer Lilian Rin assured that relief food packs are ready for distribution to possible victims of the typhoon.

Marcos hopes that the early warnings and preparations made by the PDRMC will result to zero casualty and minimal loss of properties.