ILOILO CITY, Nov. 7 (PIA6) --- The Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said that all Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (MDRRMOs) in the province are already on heightened alert status in preparation for the approaching typhoon Yolanda.
In an emergency meeting called by the PDRRMO Thursday morning, PDRRMC executive director Jerry Bionat said that the MDRRMOs have been advised to monitor on a 24-hour basis in all the towns particularly those located along low-lying and coastal areas since yesterday.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the typhoon is expected to make landfall in Samar-Leyte area by Friday morning.
In today’s PAGASA Weather Bulletin released 11 AM, typhoon signal no. 1 has been raised in the Western Visayas provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.
The provincial government said that the 12 provincial and district hospitals here have been alerted and are ready to accommodate patients and evacuees.
The Project Buligay Team is also on standby to assist in the rescue and response operations and the distribution of relief goods in case the province will be affected by the approaching typhoon.
Bionat also said that there are also 37 other response teams that are on standby for possible rescue and response operations.
Placed under tight monitoring are the coastal towns of Miag-ao, Tigbauan, Guimbal, San Joaquin and Oton, all located in First District and towns of Estancia, Carles, Balasan, San Dionisio, Concepcion, Ajuy and Barotac Viejo, all in fifth district, which are all considered storm surge-prone.
Other towns like Barotac Nuevo and Dumangas, all in Fourth District, towns of Calinog, Janiuay, Cabatuan and Passi City, all in Third District and towns of Leganes, Zarraga and New Lucena, all in Second District, are considered flood-prone.
Bionat said that the PDRRMO has already set up a 24-hour operations center prepared to accept reports from local government units and other agencies.
He added all MDRRMO heads and other organized emergency responders in Iloilo have been advised to immediately report to them any typhoon related-incidents through cellular phones, e-mails, landlines, and handset radios. (JSC/LTP-PIA6 Iloilo)