BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - - The Cordillera Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(CDRRMC) advises the public not to go trekking or mountain hiking with the enhanced Southwest monsoon due to Tropical Storm “Isang”.
Leticia Dispo of PAGASA Baguio, in the CRDRRMC Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) meeting today, affirmed that light to moderate rains with occasional moderate to heavy rainfall will prevail over Cordillera until Wednesday as even though TS “Isang” is now moving out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility, it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or Habagat.
With the prevailing situation, CRDRRMC chair and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Andrew Alex Uy cautions the public to be wary of possible landslides or flash floods. Parents he said should ensure that children will not be swimming or playing near rivers or water tributaries to avoid any accident as the monsoon rains can cause water swelling.
Uy also calls on CRDRRMC members to conduct strict monitoring on tourists spots especially trekking areas such as Mount Pulag and Mount Purgatory in Benguet.
Sagada, Mountain Province DRRM officer Aida Abeya has earlier announced that caving tours in the municipality are already suspended. Other tourist spots in Sagada are still open but tourists are reminded to always take precautionary measures.
The CRDRRMC Operation Center is already on Blue alert and other local DRRM offices in the region are urged to synchronize their alert lever with the regional DRRM council for an enhanced monitoring of the possible effects of the habagat.
Weather forecast of PAGASA as of 11a.m. today showed that Isang was estimated at 220km West of Basco Batanes and continues to move West at 23kph. Carlito C. Dar (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)