The Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) on April 16, 2021, issued Memorandum No. 15, s. 2021 restraining tourism activities like hiking and trekking, and unauthorized mining and quarrying to prevent possible disasters as the region braces for Typhoon “Bising.”
As proactive measures to the possible effects of these present weather systems, Cordillera RDRRMC advised all its member-agencies and all Local DRRMC, including Barangay Risk Reduction and Management Committees to ensure and strictly monitor the preparedness measures as follows:
· Unauthorized mining, quarrying and tourism activities (e.g. hiking, trekking, etc.) should be stopped.
· Conduct pre-emptive evacuation of families especially for those whose houses lie within the areas highly susceptible to landslides or flooding.
· Conduct inspection on all foot bridges along rivers and tributaries to ensure safety for its users and nearby communities.
· Evacuation centers (ECs) and back-up facilities are ready to accommodate possible displaced families.
· Conduct prepositioning or inventory of food and non-food items including response assets/resources as necessary.
· Placement of warning signages along danger zones/areas as necessary.
· Utilization of all Early Warning Systems (EWs) such as use of Public Address Systems, short messaging system (SMS), social media, radio stations, and text blasts systems to ensure the widest dissemination of timely weather and safety advisories.
· Strictly monitor the Area of Responsibility (24/7), monitor weather updates from DOST-PAGASA, and other monitoring agencies.
· Continuous manning of the line agencies EOCs and LDRRMC EOCs and submission of timely situational reports to the Cordillera RDMMC EOC.
The memorandum likewise reminds the continuous observance and implementation of minimum health standards in the preparedness and possible response efforts for the weather disturbance.
Typhoon Bising, internationally known as Typhoon Surigae, was located at 645 km East of Maasin City, Southern leyte or 545 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 10am today.
According to the bulletin report of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), Typhoon “Bising” is now moving Northwestward at 20 km/h, with a maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 230 km/h. PAG-ASA expects Bising to intensify while moving West-Northwestward over the Philippine Sea and may reach peak intensity at 195 to 205 km/h by Sunday, April 18.
FORECAST: Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced over Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Abra, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan due to Localized Thunderstorms.
Light to moderate winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and in Aurora Province. The coastal waters will be slight to rough.
Tropical Cyclone wind Signal No. 1 is hoisted at:
-The central and eastern portions of Sorsogon (Castilla, Magallanes, Matnog, Juban, Irosin, Bulan, Santa Magdalena, Bulusan, Barcelona, Casiguran, Gubat, Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon City), the eastern portion of Albay (Manito, Legazpi City, Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Bacacay, Tabaco City, Rapu-Rapu, Malinaw, Tiwi), the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Presentacion, Caramoan, Garchitorena), and Catanduanes
-Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Camotes Islands
-Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), and Surigao del Sur
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