PDRRMO warns of Tropical Storm ‘Maria’


The Palawan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) is warning residents to stay away from “sea surge” (sic) and landslide-prone areas due to typhoon “Maria” which is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Monday morning, July 9.

PDRRMO chief Jerry Alili said Sunday, in a phone interview with Palawan News, that Maria may possibly bring heavy rains that may cause landslips and sea surges in coastal areas.

He said the PDRMMO had already activated all its operation centers since last week after learning of the news from state weather bureau PAGASA.

“Last week pa kami naka-prepare open ang mga operation centers 24/7 sa buong probinsya, especially sa southern Palawan ang monitoring ngayon. Pero sa Monday, buong probinsya na ang imo-monitor namin. Yong mga residente na nandoon sa mga lugar na prone sa sea surge (sic) at sa mga madalas pangyarihan ng landslide, dapat maghanap muna ng lugar na ligtas,” Alili said.

He said the PDRRMO is sounding the alert despite PAGASA’s claim that Maria is not going to make landfall anywhere in the country.

“Patuloy kaming magwa-warning kahit di la-landfall kasi merong mga lugar na konting hangin lang at ulan babahain o kaya magla-landslide. Especially, din para doon sa mga mangingisda natin na iwasan muna ang maglayag,” he said.

All operation centers of the PDRRMO have dispatched goods, rescue vehicles, and food items, Alili assured.

PAGASA weatherman Sonny Pajarilla said tropical storm Maria, which is already about 1,900 kilometers east of Central Luzon, and moving at 15 kilometers per hour (kph) north-northwest, has estimated maximum winds of 185 kph and 225 kph of gustiness.

“Magkakaroon ng pag-ulan sa Palawan pero di naman yan magla-landfall dito o kahit saan man sa Pilipinas. Baka doon sa Taiwan o di kaya sa Japan. Tandaan natin na kapag July, walang landfall ng bagyo, ang meron from November to January. Pero syempre, yong mga mangingisda natin, iwasan muna nila pumunta sa West Philippines Sea,” he said.

Pajarilla said if tropical storm Maria will not change its speed and course of direction, it will enter the PAR by July 9 but will also leave the next day.

“Kung papasok man, sandali lang at lalabas din agad sa Martes. Dahil dyan, ang Palawan ay wala sa ilalim ng ano man na typhoon signal,” he stated.

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