SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, Sept. 17 (PIA) - - The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Region 1 (RDRRMC1) told the residents in the Ilocos provinces to prepare for the heavy downpours caused by the southwest monsoon or Habagat.
Director Melchito M. Castro, the chairperson of the RDRRMC1 and regional director of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1, said that Habagat remains dominant weather system across the Ilocos provinces and the entire country even tropical cyclone "Marilyn" had left the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday evening.
"For the RDRRMC1 member agencies, all their systems and committed resources are prepared to anticipate the effect of the southwest monsoon in Region 1," said Castro.
To systematize the measures on disaster preparedness and response, he said that a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meeting of the RDRRMC member agencies is always held in the emergency operation center (EOC) few days before the onslaught of any weather disturbance to the region.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasted a possible re-intensification and re-entry of the weather disturbance in the coming days.
The weather bureau also assessed that the prevailing Habagat will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms all over the country.
PAGASA warned that travel is risky in the western seaboard of Southern Luzon and the seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao, especially for small vessels.
Considering that 2019 is an El Nino year, the weather bureau forecasted that 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected to hit the country until December. The number of expected typhoons for 2019 is lower than the country's average 20 tropical cyclones that hit the country annually.
For the remaining months of 2019, the estimated number of tropical cyclones that expected to hit the country are the following: September - 2 to 4 cyclones; October - 2 or 3; November - 1 or 2; and December - 0 or 1. (JCR/FGL, PIA1)