CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convenes for an Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) meeting at the NDRRM Operations Center, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City in preparation for the effects of Tropical Storm Paolo and Low Pressure Area (LPA).
Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Operations Service Director Rodrigo T Diapana chaired the meeting attended by representatives from Member Agencies namely: DOST-PAGASA, DILG, DSWD, DOTr, AFP, PNP, and PCG. Likewise, Regional DRRM Councils II, III, MIMAROPA, V, VIII and CARAGA joined the meeting via Skype.
PAGASA reported that as of 11PM yesterday, a Tropical Storm with International Name “Lan” has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and was named Paolo. TS Paolo was located 940 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar with a maximum sustained winds of up to 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph moving west Northwest at 11kph.
Moderate to heavy rainfall amount is expected within the 425 km diameter of the Tropical Storm particularly within Eastern Visayas. It is expected to intensify into a typhoon in the next 24 to 48 hours. TS Paolo is less likely to make landfall and is forecast to exit PAR on Sunday. PAGASA has not issued any Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal for the tropical storm.
Meanwhile, another weather system was located in Palawan area. The LPA located 165 km West of Coron, Palawan might develop into a Tropical Depression by Thrusday, and is expected to cross Visayas. This may cause moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Visayas and Mindanao.
Both weather systems may enhance Northeast Monsoon which may generate moderate to rough seas over the seaboard of Northern Luzon. Fisherfolks with small sea vessels are advised to coordinate with their local Coast Guard before venturing into the sea.
Likewise, extreme Northern Luzon and Bicol region will experience light to moderate rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms. In Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms are expected.
The National Council has alerted its Regional and Local DRRM Councils concerned to take the necessary precautions as early as possible. DILG has directed the Local Government Units (LGUs) to prepare in their respective Area of Responsibility (AOR) in accordance with the Operation L!isto protocols.
DSWD has ensured the prepositioning of food and non-food items in its Field and Central offices. Likewise, human resources and equipment are on standby.
Everyone is encouraged to prepare and undertake precautionary measures as necessary. The rains experienced in most areas of the country may have saturated soil and slopes that may cause landslides. The public is advised to stay alert and monitor the prevailing weather systems via television, radio and social media. Heed advisories of your local officials on evacuation, when necessary. NDRRMC/MCAG