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Legarda Reminds Gov’t, Public to be Prepared for Typhoon ‘Mangkhut’

September 11, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda today reminded government agencies, local government units (LGUs) and citizens to prepare for Typhoon ‘Mangkhut’, which is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, September 12.

According to PAGASA, Typhoon ‘Mangkhut’ is expected to have maximum sustained winds of up to 210 kph and gustiness of up to 260 kph once it enters the PAR. It will be named Typhoon ‘Ompong’.

Legarda, Chair of the Senate Committee on Climate Change, said that LGUs, including barangay officials, should conduct information dissemination on the strength of the typhoon and its effects and must craft a community evacuation plan.

“Every barangay should inform citizens of possible landslides, flooding and storm surge, and those in high-risk areas should be evacuated to safe places before the typhoon approaches the threatened areas,” she said.

According to PAGASA, the Typhoon is threatening Northern Luzon. Heavy rains caused by the Typhoon is possible in Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands. While occasional moderate to heavy rains due to the Southwest Monsoon is possible in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Palawan, Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Lanao del Sur.

The Senator also reminded government agencies to carry out their respective duties in preparing for the typhoon.

“We should all be on heightened alert now. We remind LGUs to ensure that citizens are safe, release frequently updated advisories and ensure that areas expected to be affected are prepared—activate all forms of early warning systems, set up evacuation centers, evacuate families living in landslide-prone and flood-prone areas,” said Legarda.

She added that LGUs should implement forced evacuation when called for. Shelters for evacuees should be well designed, built strong, and prepared ahead of time with emergency supplies of food, water, medicine, shelter, and toiletries, while government agencies are ready to augment the basic needs of evacuees.

Moreover, local disaster risk reduction and management officers should be alert.

“Quick communication and real-time updates are vital in ensuring effective disaster response with first responders and search and rescue teams ready for dispatch anytime,” she stressed.

“Let us find a way to prevent damages to critical infrastructure such as transmission lines because electricity and communication lines are more important in the aftermath of disasters,” she added.

The Senator also called on communities to heed disaster warnings to avoid accidents.

“When warned of an impending hazard, we should take safety measures. Stay indoors and do not attempt to go out especially at the height of the typhoon to avoid accidents,” she said.

“National and local action must promote disaster prevention with ‘zero casualty’ as a mindset and approach. On the other hand, citizens must do their part by paying attention to government warnings and community advisories, especially when there is a need to evacuate,” Legarda concluded.