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City Hall alerts public on typhoon Ompong

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The Emergency Operations Center helmed by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has been activated since Tuesday, Sept. 11 to spearhead actions in anticipation of typhoon Mangkhut locally known as “Ompong” which is expected to enter  Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) yesterday evening (Sept. 12).

This developed, as people residing in areas prone to flooding, landslides and storm surge are urged to take precautionary measures for their own safety.

CDRRMO head Elmeir Apolinario said Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees (BDRRMCs) particularly those located in highly susceptible areas have been directed to prepare early warning measures and to conduct vigilant monitoring of said area.

On the other hand, Police and Coast Guard authorities during a meeting presided by Apolinario yesterday morning, have recommended the restriction of tourist activities such as, but not limited to, mountaineering/hiking, surfing, diving and swimming in Sta. Cruz Island, Once Islas, Maasin, Bolong and other beaches in the city as well as suspension of trips of small vessels/ seacrafts starting Thursday, Sept. 13.

The restriction of tourist activities and suspension of trips of small sea crafts are among the directives in a memorandum issued by Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año on the activation of Disaster Monitoring and Reporting Systems for typhoon Mangkhut and enhanced southwest monsoon.

All responding agencies are on standby for any eventuality.

Per Pag-asa, Mangkhut is packing 140 kph maximum sustained winds and gusts of up to 170 kph and can develop into a super typhoon while inside Philippine area of responsibility. (Sheila Covarrubias)




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