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81 calamity-prone villages in CAR being monitored ahead of super typhoon Mawar

Updated: May 29, 2023

Baguio City, Philippines – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Cordillera is keeping an eye on the 81 barangays in the region vulnerable to flooding and landslide, in preparation for typhoon “Mawar.”

“Mawar” has re-intensified into the super typhoon category early Thursday morning, according to the state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Mawar regained its strength of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening or early Saturday morning. It was last spotted 2,150 kilometers east of southern Luzon and will be called Betty once it enters PAR.

As a precautionary measure, Geoscience Division Chief of MGB-Cordillera, Engr. Benigno Cesar Espejo said they have already issued landslide and flood hazard advisories to the affected local government units.

Though not specified by the bureau, most of the 81 calamity-prone villages are in the provinces of Kalinga, Ifugao, Benguet, and the City of Baguio.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Civil Defense Cordillera directed the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils for possible worst-case scenarios.

Regional Director Albert A. Mogol of OCD-Cordillera alerted the personnel about the effect of Typhoon “Ompong” which claimed lives and properties back in 2018, not to be repeated.

Commending the pre-emptive measures already made by Apayao provincial government, Mogol urged the LGUs in the region to implement safety measures and protocols to secure tourism, mines, dams, and river systems.

On their part, the Department of Social Welfare and Development – Cordillera prepositioned 40,000 family food packs, 28,000 non-food items, and over 6,000 ready-to-eat food items at the regional and satellite warehouses.

A Standby fund of P12.9 million was further prepared that shall be utilized for the welfare of victims, should there be any.


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