BAGUIO CITY (PIA) -- The province of Apayao is bracing for the possible impact of a super typhoon that is forecast to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday evening or Saturday morning(May 27).
Governor and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Chairman Elias Bulut, Jr. on May 23 directed agencies to preposition manpower and other logistics in highly-vulnerable areas in the province in anticipation of the possible effects of a super typhoon to be called “Betty”
The Social Welfare and Development (SWAD)-Apayao immediately coordinated with the PDRRM Office to ensure enough prepositioned food and non-food items at the warehouses of the provincial government and the SWAD.
Additional 1,500 family food packs also arrived at the SWAD satellite office from the National Resource Operation Center.
The Department of Public Works and Highways -Apayao first and second district offices also assured the deployment of personnel and heavy equipment at the different strategic areas to respond immediately to road openings during landslides or soil erosions.
On May 24, Vice Governor Remy Albano presided a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting for the approaching typhoon with Provincial DRRM Officer Jeoffrey Borromeo to gauge the preparedness of the province and to put in place mitigation measures on the possible effects of the typhoon.
Albano stressed the importance of readiness of the different member agencies and offices as well as the people for the safety of lives and properties.
The officials also advised the public to remain vigilant and to continue monitoring for weather updates in upcoming days.
The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera earlier called on the people to brace for the STY Betty which according to PAGASA, is expected to bring intense rainfall in the region from May 29 to 30, 2023. (JDP/RMC- PIA-CAR / Apayao PLGU/PRRMO)