Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Albert Mogol Mogol, in presiding the online joint meeting of the CRDRRMC and the regional Inter Agency Task Group COVID – 19 Wednesday, called on the council response cluster members that alongside the resposne actions on COVID-19, to also prepare for the possible effects/hazards of Typhoon Ambo and the afternoon rains brought by localized thunderstorms to the region.
For response preparations, CRDRRMC Response Cluster chairperson and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD – CAR) Regional Director Leo Quintilla said they are ready to provide assistance with their current stockpile of 22,348 Family Food Packs (FFPs) prepositioned in eight production hubs in different parts of the region and a quick reaction fund of P3 million on standby for response operations.
For the FFPs, Quintilla shared that 7,259 boxes are at the Production Hub in Wangal Sports Complex and 242 at the DSWD warehouse in La Trinidad, Benguet; 1,619 boxes at Camp Villamor in Bangued, Abra; 3,024 in Aliwa Gym in Luna Apayao; 3,722 boxes at the Food Hub in the Provincial Capitol in Lagawe, Ifugao; 2,343 boxes at the Multi – purpose Hall in Bontoc, Mountain Province; and 4,139 boxes at the 503 Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Tabuk City.
DPWH - CAR Maintenance Division Chief Nelia Antonio also assured that all district engineering office in the region are on alert and heavy equipment are prepositioned in high risk areas for road clearing operations on possible landslide incidents along national highways.
As of 7am PAGASA tropical cyclone update, the center of Typhoon Ambo was estimated based on all available data at 110 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar and is moving west at 15kph with a maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness up to 190kph.
Larry Esperanza of PAGASA – Baguio clarified that the afternoon rains in Cordillera are due to localized thunderstorms. Though if Typhoon Ambo continues with its forecasted path, it may bring rains to the eastern part of the region either Friday evening or Saturday, morning. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar