City DRRMO readies for ‘Samuel’

The Puerto Princesa City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) said it is ready to respond to any untoward incident that may be due to Tropical Depression “Samuel.”

Atty. Arnel Pedrosa, city administrator, said Tuesday the CDRRMO has briefed his office about areas in the north and northeastern parts that are prone to landslides which the City Engineering Office (CEO) is closely monitoring.

“We advise the public na sila mismo maging maingat, maging mapagmatyag at iiwas nila ang mga sarili nila sa kapahamakan. Kung wala naman talagang importanteng lakad o anumang pupuntahan ay they should stay inside their home na lang, para maialis o maiiwas sila sa anumang aksidente o kapahamakan,” he advised.

CDRRMO chief Earl Timbancaya, in a separate interview, said they are already set with the “minimum critical preparations.”

“All set na rin tayo. According sa PAGASA, Wednesday, umpisa na raw makaranas ng ulan, mag-i-intensify daw ‘yan nang Thursday, ‘yan ‘yong time na nandito sa atin ‘yong bagyo,” said Timbancaya.

Local Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) chief Sonny Pajarilla stated Monday the typhoon will directly affect northern Palawan after crossing from its last area.

Timbancaya noted each barangay within the city’s jurisdiction were informed ahead of time, “encouraging them on their levels to conduct appropriate operations.”

“Katulad ng pagde-declog ng mga kanal sa area nila, and [na] i-activate na rin nila ‘yong barangay emergency operation center para constant ‘yong information from the city to the barangay,” he said.

Timbancaya advised the public to remain tuned in to the latest news and updates pertaining to Samuel.

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