PDRRMC urges early prep thru brgys for Typhoon RositaOct 29, 2018
Last Friday, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) already conducted a Pre-disaster Risk Assessment for Emergency Response Preparedness in light of Typhoon Rosita (International Name: Yutu), which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) last night.
The Council met with different offices of the Provincial Government, national agencies, and uniformed personnel to discuss and ensure the operational readiness of Ilocos Norte to face another typhoon, more than a month after Super Typhoon Ompong hit the province.
Engr. Pedro Agcaoili Jr., acting PDRRM Officer, had then issued a memorandum of recommended actions to all city and municipal DRRRMCs.
They were tasked to disseminate through the barangay councils, instructions for residents to regularly monitor severe weather updates to take necessary precautions and regularly monitor severe weather updates.
"Another is to intensify regular monitoring sa mga lolo at lola natin," said Mr. Marcel Tabije, local DRRMO III at the PDRRMC. "Lagi tayong nire-remind ni Governor Imee R. Marcos na regularly i-check at i-monitor ang senior citizens at persons with disabilities, lalo na yung mga walang kasama sa bahay para masigurado natin ang kaligtasan ng lahat ng residente."
Akin to the warnings preceding "Ompong," farmers have been advised to harvest what they can early to minimize losses among their crops. Livestock raisers have also been told to bring their animals to safe and secure areas or shelters.
Residents whose houses are made of light materials are likewise advised to secure their roofs and other parts of their homes to minimize damages.
Tabije is hopeful that "Rosita" will weaken after making landfall (expected tomorrow morning) and passes through the Sierra Madre and Cordillera Central mountain ranges, which act as natural barriers to typhoons.
As of 11:00a.m. Ilocos Norte is under Tropical Cyclone Warning System (TCWS) Signal No. 1. The rest of Region One is already under Signal No. 2.
"Rosita" is forecasted to leave the PAR on Thursday morning.