As of 11am PAGASA forecast, Typhoon Rosita was estimated at 410 kilometer East of Northern Casiguran, Aurora with a maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph, moving Southwest at 20kph.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal number 2 is up over the Cordillera provinces of Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao and Mountain Province while the province of Apayao is under TCWS no. 1.
Typhoon Rosita is expected to make landfall along Isabela – Cagayan area by tomorrow (October 30) and will cross over Northern Luzon.
CRDRRMC Chair and Office of Civil Defense Regional Director Ruben Carandang outlined that with Typhoon Rosita expected to bring rainfall in Cordillera starting this evening (Oct. 29), it is critical that focus is given to the landslide-affected communities especially in Benguet province.
“We must learn from the lessons during the onslaught of typhoon Ompong and though we hope that Typhoon Rosita will continue to weaken as it approaches landmass, we must continue to prepare for the worst case scenario,” Carandang stressed.
“Given that Cordillera is mostly mountainous area that is susceptible to landslides, to attain the high level of preparedness that we aim, we need the best effort of the CRDRRMC member-agencies, LGUs and Local DRRM Councils, and at the same time, the cooperation of the affected residents,” he added.
For the CRDRRMC preparedness effort, a Pre–Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting was conducted last Friday, then a video teleconferencing meeting with the NDRRMC and the six other Luzon regions on Saturday.
Carandang also convened the CRDRRMC preparedness and Response clusters co-chaired by DILG and DSWD, respectively, to look into the preparation efforts of the LGUs and the concerned regional line agencies.
He also gave the go signal for the deployment of OCD personnel to the different provinces of Cordillera for a more intensified coordination and monitoring of the preparedness and response efforts to the possible effects of Typhoon Rosita. By Carlito C. Dar (CCD/PIA CAR)