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Aquino directs concerned government agencies to ensure ‘zero casualty’ during a typhoon

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President Benigno S. Aquino III has directed all concerned government agencies to ensure a zero casualty in anticipation of the onslaught of Typhoon “Chedeng” in the country especially in those areas that were already hit by the previous typhoon.

In a media briefing at the Palace Tuesday, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. said that upon orders of President Aquino, they are exhausting all necessary measures to attain the goal of a zero-casualty.

“We have to do everything, there are three components of a good forecast and this is something that we always explain… the first is timely and reliable forecast and that is what PAGASA and the Office of the Civil Defense are actually doing,” Yumul said.

The second component, he continued, is good communication to make sure that the public would understand the situation being disseminated by the agency with the help of the media.

Yumul said that the third component of a good forecast is ensuring that appropriate actions are done by the public minimizing the threat being posed by the situation.

“The third critical component is that the appropriate response by the community should actually be attained… kasi baka naman forecast tayo ng forecast, paliwanag ng paliwanag kung yung mga kababayan naman natin ay di makikinig medyo mahihirapan tayo mag zero casualty,” Yumul noted.

“Everybody has to operate, one’s safety is the individual’s responsibility,” he added.

Yumul said that due to the La Niña influence, they are expecting 18 to 21 typhoons to hit the country this year as compared to 11 in 2010.

He added that the public may expect more intensified typhoons in the coming three to four months considering that these are the period when typhoons hit the archipelago.

“Although yung La Niña ay malapit nang mawala sa Pacific Ocean, yung record natin shows na its effect will still be there for the next three months. Yan ang tag-ulan natin, yan ang panahon na nagpapasukan ang bagyo and we expect more intensified typhoons,” Yumul explained. (PCOO/PIA9-BST)




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