DAVAO CITY (PIA) -- The Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has issued an advised the City’s 26 coastal barangays to conduct preparations for the possible entry of Super Typhoon Betty.
CDRRMO head Alfredo Baloran, in a media interview, May 24, said while there is a forecast that the super typhoon with the international name Mawar will not make a landfall in the country, they are still on high alert as it is a super typhoon and can cause weather disturbances in many areas across the country.
“We have issued advisories to our barangays, especially those in the coastal areas. The tropical depression is on the high seas so there is a tendency that there will be big waves. We also give advisories in advance for those who are in the coastline areas, not only coastlines but also in the flood-prone areas because we will expect that this will bring thunderstorms, it will bring isolated rain showers from moderate to heavy rainfall,” Baloran said.
The CDRRMO has issued on Thursday, May 25, a special advisory for the 26 coastal barangays ( Binugao, Sirawan, Lizada, Daliao, Dumoy, Bago Aplaya, Talomo, Matina Aplaya, Bucana, 31-D, 21-C, 22-C, 23-C, 27-C, Leon Garcia Sr.,
Gov. Vicente Duterte, Centro San Juan, Lapu-Lapu, Vicente Hizon, Pampanga, Sasa, Panacan, Ilang, Tibungco, Bunawan and Lasang) to be vigilant and monitor weather disturbance and the potential effects in their respective areas.
The Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils and volunteer groups in these areas are also advised to preposition their resources, alert their communities, and if necessary conduct pre-emptive evacuation.
Meanwhile, in the PAGASA press conference held at 11 a.m. of May 26, the typhoon is located 1,705 kilometers of Southeastern Luzon (outside Philippine Area of Responsibility) it has winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 280 kph. It is moving at 20 kph west-northwestward towards the northernmost tip of Luzon. (RGA/PIA Davao City)