CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – Provinces within the 125-kilometer radius of Typhoon Ompong will feel the brunt of the destructive storm.
According to Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad of the Office of Civil Defense and Executive Director, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, a total of 4.3 million Filipinos will be affected, in particular, the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and Region 2; followed by Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur in Region 1, and Abra, Kalinga, Mt Province and Ifugao in the Cordillera. Of this number, 824,000 individuals belong to the poor families, and within this corridor, about 47,800 houses are made of light materials.
Evacuees will be housed in 1,742 evacuation centers and they might also use primary schools to augment the need for shelter. With the current track of the typhoon going down, there will be more exposed individuals.
Jalad said that the mission of the NDRRMC is to provide effective, rapid augmentation support to the regions in the conduct of disaster response management operations, specifically in Regions 1,2,3 and CAR that are expected to be affected by TY Ompong which includes Region 3 because of the Radius or Diameter of TY Ompong which is about 900 kilometers. This will be the framework for NDRRMCs response to any emergencies, following the Top-Down, Bottom-Up Approach wherein the Local Government will also respond, augmented by the National Government agencies, and Regional Government agencies organized by the NDRRMC. In the event that the capacity of the national government is overwhelmed, the administration may seek international assistance, first, through the “One ASEAN, One Response,” where the Philippines is a signatory. Currently, ASEAN neighbors have already expressed their intention to help us in the event that we will ask for assistance.
Meanwhile, the NDRRMC has raised its alert status from Blue last September 10 and t to Red on September 11, where they conducted a meeting to assess the effects of TY Mangkhut, now Ompong, plan their response and on September 12, NDRRMC response cluster also mapped out their plans: Office of Civil Defense as the overall coordinator .
The Food and Non-food items Cluster being led by the DSWD will carry out the following actions: they activated or deployed national quick response teams in Batanes because the province is expected to be isolated and there is an on-going repacking of relief goods in their main warehouse in Pasay and the team in Batanes is equipped with backup communications or satellite phones and /or portable data communication equipment. The inventory of relief goods by DSWD in the four regions likely to be affected, Cordillera, Regions 1 2 and 3 with a total of 1.1 billion in terms of cash and family packs and other relief goods.
The Health Cluster led by DOH, have activated a Code Alert and organized health emergency response teams, some of which are already deployed in the various regional offices in these regions where stockpiles of logistics have also begun amounting to 19 million and later augmented with additional logistics amounting to 2.2 million. The DOH has available 28 health emergency management teams which can be tapped in the event it is necessary to be deployed in those four regions.
The Search, Rescue and Retrieval Cluster being led by DND and AFP have organized quick reaction team with the DSWD. The Response Cluster organized rapid damage and needs assessment teams which are now in Clark, Pampanga and are ready to be deployed anywhere in those four regions. The NDRRMC has also organized the Incident Management Team which will manage the response in those regions. The AFP has organized eight (8) teams, composed of 131 personnel and are now deployed in Clark, Pampanga, augmented by air ambulances. OCD / MCAG