QUEZON CITY, Oct. 31 (PIA) -- Mimaropa may still be reeling from the impacts of Typhoon Quinta but members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and provincial disaster risk reduction and management offices (PDRRMOs) assured its readiness to face another storm.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomic Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasted Typhoon Rolly may cut thorough Aurora-Quezon area and cross Central Luzon on its way to the West Philippine Sea.
Based on this forecast, Mimaropa is not on a direct path but the trough of the typhoon may reach the region to cause rainfall on parts of Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Northern Palawan and nearby provinces.
As of this morning, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) is raised over the Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon.
During the Pre-Disaster Assessment (PDRA) meeting on Thursday, PDRRMOs reported that preparedness levels prior to Typhoon Quinta passage are sustained while completing the data gathering on damages and losses.
These activities include the continuation of the emergency operation centers, monitoring and inspection of vulnerable villages, updated inventories of vehicles, PPEs (Including face masks and face shields) and other rescue equipment, separate preparations for evacuation and Covid 19 quarantine areas as well as identification of rescue, search and retrieval teams for deployment.
Schools in Marinduque were designated as evacuation areas to be used when the need arises.
As for the relief goods and other provisions, PDRRMOs said stockpiling is continuing to replace the ones that were used during Typhoon Quinta.
Occidental Mindoro augmented the communication capabilities of Lubang and Looc while Palawan PDRRMO sent a team to support Busuanga and other municipalities in the Calamianes.
The Mines and Geoscience Bureau shared the lists and maps of barangays that are vulnerable to floods and landslides based on the forecast track from DOST Pagasa.
DOH-CHD Mimaropa, likewise, ensured that medicines, medical supplies and manpower are prepositioned in the regional and provincial offices.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) assured availability of manpower for rescue, search and retrieval operations. # (Lyndon Plantilla)