Central Luzon braces for ‘Lawin’
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) on Tuesday, October 18, ordered to prepare for the possible effects of Typhoon Lawin, which is seen to intensify into a super typhoon.
Josefina Timoteo, chairperson of the RDRRMC and regional director of the Office of Civil Defense in Central Luzon, said all provincial and municipal disaster councils in Central Luzon have been ordered to remain on alert status and undertake precautionary measures and other disaster response activities.
“The RDRRMC convened to implement preparedness measures on the effects of the Typhoon Lawin in areas likely to be affected, and the pre-positioning of rescue assets,” Timoteo said.
All local disaster risk reduction and management councils were advised to disseminate typhoon advisories and warnings through text message, as well as local radio and television stations.
Local disaster councils were asked for continuous monitoring of roads and bridges, particularly to those areas that suffered mudslides and floods brought by Typhoon Karen (Sarika).
Timoteo said rescue and emergency response teams are on standby, and the pre-positioning of search-and-rescue equipment and personnel have already been put in place.
Local government units in the region have prepared food supplies and disaster response equipment and teams in anticipation of evacuation and other emergencies.
“Local officials in the region are conducting pre-disaster risk assessment meeting in preparation for the possible effects of typhoon Lawin,” Timoteo said.
The Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division has also alerted its disaster rescue units in anticipation for the conduct of disaster rescue and relief operations at areas to be affected by Typhoon Lawin.
Likewise, she said the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Health regional offices have pre-positioned relief goods and medicines, respectively for distribution to areas to be affected by the typhoon.
Timoteo asked the public to keep monitoring on the weather reports.
She also advised residents in flood and landslide prone areas in the region to voluntarily leave their houses prior to the issuance of evacuation orders. (PNA)