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La Union in full alert for Super Typhoon Mawar

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union (PIA) — The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of La Union prepares for Super Typhoon Mawar, which will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening until Saturday dawn.

The PDRRMO immediately initiated an online meeting participated by local chief executives, local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs), and other concerned provincial offices like the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) and Provincial Health Office (PHO) on Thursday to lay disaster preparedness and recovery plans and safety measures.

The LDRRMCs should closely monitor the situation in their area of responsibility, conduct a pre-disaster risk assessment, prepare for possible pre-emptive evacuation, and strengthen localized warnings to communities.

The PSWDO monitors and prepares relief goods, while the PHO takes charge of medicines.

Bryan Javes, rescue officer, said that the province has already installed a search and rescue team, public safety answering point, evacuation centers, and packed relief goods.

The PDRRMO prepared 609 food packs, 2,585 hygiene kits, 52 plastic containers, 800 blankets, and 39 modular tents.

Javes said, “Isa sa mga binabantayan kasi natin ay syempre ‘yong usual hazards na pwedeng mag-occur during the onslaught of the typhoon, ‘yong landslide, at the same time, ‘yong storm surge, at flooding.”

The La Union Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management is currently on standby for pre-emptive evacuation operations in coastal and high-risk areas in the province.

“Although the province is on blue alert, the public must be vigilant, take precautionary measures, and closely monitor updated weather reports,” he added. (JCR/AMB/KJCR, PIA La Union)

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