Negros Oriental braces for ‘Auring’

The province of Negros Oriental and its towns and cities are prepositioning their manpower and other resources in anticipation of the arrival of tropical depression "Auring" on Monday.

As of Sunday afternoon, Auring has made landfall in Siargao Island and is moving northwest at 9 kilometers per hour, said state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

PAGASA's weather bulletin as of 5 p.m. Sunday said Auring, the first storm to enter the Philippines in 2017, is in the vicinity of Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands and has maintained its strength, with maximum winds of up to 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

Public storm warning signal No. 1 has been hoisted over Negros Oriental and other parts of the Visayas and the Mindanao.

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo will convene the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) Monday morning at the Capitol, said Adrian Sedillo, PDRRMC Executive Officer.

He said the meeting will review the preparations for the arrival of Auring and to ensure that everything is in order.

Classes for pre-school level are automatically suspended Monday, said Sedillo.

Degamo is enjoining everyone to be on high alert to avoid any untoward incident, particularly the loss of lives.

Meanwhile, the City Risk Reduction and Management Council of Dumaguete City will also convene Monday morning, said Jose Chiu of the City's Disaster Management Office.

Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo has called for the meeting to discuss preparations for Auring even as city authorities are now constantly keeping an eye for possible pre-emptive evacuation especially of residents along the banks of the Banica River.

Sea travel to all points of destination in areas where Signal No. 1 has been hoisted were suspended on Sunday, said Coast Guard Station Dumaguete commander Lt. Junior Grade Donna Liza Ramacho.

Meanwhile, normal operations continued Sunday at the Dumaguete-Sibulan airport with no flights cancelled, said Mark Diamaoden, OIC airport manager and head of the local Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines or CAAP.

Diamaoden, however, said PAL Express and Cebu Pacific have not notified them of flight cancellations on Monday when Auring is expected to cut across the Visayas, including Negros Island.

As of Sunday evening, Signal No. 1 is raised over the following areas: Cuyo Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Guimaras, southern part of Iloilo, southern part of Antique, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and including Siargao Island, Dinagat, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin. (

Source: Philippines News Agency