The Palawan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) is on “red alert” status as typhoon Tisoy pummels through the western coastlines of Southern Luzon.

PDRRMO officer Jeremias Y. Alili in an advisory early Tuesday morning said they are continuously monitoring the development of the weather disturbance following the strong gale force wind affecting Western Palawan.

No sailing policy was enforced for small fishing boats and other small seacrafts to the following municipalities: Araceli, Busuanga, Coron, Culion, Cuyo, San Vicente, Agutaya, Linapacan, Balabac, and Dumaran. Some 367 passengers were reported stranded because of the suspension of sailing activities.

Pre-emptive evacuations were facilitated in three barangays of Busuanga, Coron, and Tatay with around 252 residents were vacated to the evacuation centers.

Food items were also secured to aid the affected families. 595 sacks of rice, 83 boxes of sardines, 349 boxes of corned beef, 43 boxes of instant coffee, and 28 boxes of energy drink are expected to be provided on the relief operations.

Meanwhile, classes for all levels were suspended in Coron, Culion, Agutaya, Taytay, and Cuyo. Subsequently, classes in K to 12 were also suspended in San Vicente, Araceli, Busuanga, and Linapacan.

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