Mogol, in a Pre – Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting yesterday, reminded all local DRRM Councils to strictly assess and monitor flooding and landslide high risk areas in their respective localities and implement pre-emptive evacuation, if necessary.
Mogol reiterated his call for a pro –active approach from all DRRM stakeholders in the region even as TD Pepito seems to be moving fast and will be out of PAR in few days. Preparedness must also be focused in the amount of rain that it will bring which could cause flooding or landslide, he said.
Based on the PAGASA forecast at 7:00 AM today, the center of TD "Pepito" was estimated based on all available data at 375 km East of Infanta, Quezon or 385 km East of Baler, Aurora. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h and is moving West Northwestward at 25 km/h.
PAGASA forecast also said that "Pepito" may reach tropical storm category before making landfall and after crossing the landmass of Luzon, it is forecast to intensify and may reach severe tropical storm category by Thursday.
“PEPITO” will bring moderate to heavy rains over Benguet while light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over the rest of the Cordillera Region.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is raised over the provinces of Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Benguet. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar