RDRRMC IV-A, agencies gear up for severe TS Nina as it passes Calabarzon

The Calabarzon Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-4A) has advised the public here to refrain from undertaking recreational activities such as diving, swimming, hiking, and the like to prevent residual dangers during their Christmas revelry from Saturday till Monday (Dec. 24 to 26).

In pre-disaster risk assessment meeting and monitoring as of Friday here, the RDRRMC cautioned the public as Dec. 24 to 26 were forecast when Severe Tropical Storm (STS) Nina is expected to flog the region.

Director Vicente F. Tomazar, RDRRMC IV-A Chairperson and OCD IV-A Regional Director, has enjoined the support and cooperation of the public and the local government units (LGUs) throughout the region.

"Let us ensure that while we welcome the spirit of Christmas, we also do not forget our preparations for the impending danger brought by STS Nina," Tomazar said.

Amid the approaching weather disturbance, the RDRRM officials also reminded Yuletide merry-makers and celebrators to put premium on their safety and security during the holiday celebration.

Tomazar also said that all RDRRMC IV-A response agencies such as DSWD, AFP SOLCOM, PCG, PNP, DPWH, and BFP, together with DILG and the CALABARZON Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices are already placed on heightened alert.

Also, the RDRRM Operations Center in this camp here has already been activated and is on Blue Alert status since Thursday manned by Office of Civil Defense (OCD) IV-A personnel on a 24/7 duty to monitor the region's situation.

The Operations Center will also submit regular situational reports to NDRRMC, and to enact on requests for augmentation from the provinces as needed.

This is to ensure that all required response and preparedness resources are on stand-by and available status in preparation for any emergency.

The public is also advised to regularly monitor weather advisories and await advisories from ports and bus lines regarding cancellation of trips to avoid being stranded.

CALABARZON is expected to be directly affected by STS Nina, the residents here are alerted to be prepared for any eventuality from storm.

PAGASA reported that STS Nina has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 3 a.m. on Friday and is forecast to make landfall over the Bicol Region on Saturday or Sunday.

As it moves in a West Northwest direction across the country with the Southern Luzon and Calabarzon on its storm path, Nina is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains starting Sunday evening until Monday.

Nina is then expected to exit the country on Dec. 28, Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) IV-A warned the agencies and the local government units (LGUs) to watch their areas of responsibility closely as the recent rains induced by the northeast monsoon and the tail-end of the cold front have already drenched and saturated the soils.

It said the soils could no longer hold water brought about by continuous rains and could result in flooding and landslides.

Source: Philippines News Agency