WV prepares for potential super typhoon

Members of the regional disaster council in Western Visayas will hold a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11, in preparation for the impact of the potential super typhoon heading to the country.

Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) Director Jose Roberto R. Nuñez said Western Visayas might experience heavy rains and underscored that there is no room for complacency because of the climate change.

The council is composed of the Office of the Civil Defense, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Science and Technology, National Economic and Development Authority, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Fire Protection, Armed Forces of the Philippines, City and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices, Philippine Red Cross, National Telecommunications Commission, and the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Service Administration.

Nuñez said the meeting would serve as venue for the members to have an inventory of the equipment available in case they are needed, available resources and identify areas to be affected, among others.

He said a memorandum was sent to local disaster risk reduction and management offices to prepare their first responders, who should be on alert 24 hours and if needed they should assess those prone to landslide and evacuate those that will be affected.

Aside from landslide, Nuñez said another hazard that should be considered is flooding.

“Our target is zero casualty,” he said.

“Always listen to the news. We must be ready with our first aid kits, flashlight and pray for protection,” Nuñez added.

Meanwhile, the OCD-6 director said they might cancel the RDRRMC meeting on Boracay Island on September 14, depending on the weather condition.

He said expected guests coming from Manila could no longer attend the meeting because they also have to conduct their respective PDRA meetings.

According to the state weather bureau, there is a possibility that Severe Tropical Storm Mangkhut (int’l name) would develop into a super typhoon.

Mangkhut is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, September 12.PNA/IMT