Preemptive evacuation in northern, southern Mindanao areas set for typhoon Pablo


MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) advised local disaster response offices in the Visayas and Mindanao regions to implement preemptive evacuation as typhoon “Pablo” entered the Philippine area of responsibility Sunday night.

With the devastation wrought by tropical storm “Sendong” in December 2011 still fresh in the public’s memory, NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said the new weather disturbance would dump heavy rains in northern and southern Mindanao, and in several parts of the Visayas region.

He said local government units and regional disaster response officials should immediately order preemptive evacuation in low-lying and mountainous areas along the possible path of the typhoon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that at 6 p.m. Sunday Pablo entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, located at 900 km SE of Hinatuan City in Surigao del Sur (6.4°N 135.0°E).

“The task of implementing early evacuation rests on the local government units and their respective disaster response officials. We in the national level may only advise them to prevent (unnecessary loss of lives and properties),” Ramos told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone.

“We always want to be on the side of caution so as to avoid the destruction brought by ‘Sendong’ in Cagayan de Oro City and other areas in Mindanao last year,” he added.

He said the NDRRMC operations center in Camp Aguinaldo has been placed on red alert to be able to deploy all its resources in closely monitoring the typhoon.

He said the disaster response and management councils in six regions in Mindanao and three regions in the Visayas has been meeting since Friday to map out precautionary measures in flood- and landslide-prone areas.

“They should also know the areas where storm surges may possibly occur since ‘Pablo” can bring very strong winds and heavy rains,” Ramos said.

He said residents should listen to the warnings and recommendations of their local officials.

Said Ramos: “We should always strive to be 100 percent prepared for typhoons and not to have any casualties.”

Meanwhile, the Philippine Navy placed 40 of its vessels on standby alert to help the authorities during disaster response operations.

Lt. Col. Omar Tonsay, Navy spokesperson, said 27 disaster response task units of the Navy would be available in carrying out rescue operations in areas affected by the typhoon.

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  • kilabot

    be careful mindanao and visayas residents. keep yourselves safe.

    • buttones

      It’s rain, it’s what keeps us alive- just bring it on, the problem is greasy little politicians building their stupid projects and vandalizing the environment, that is the problem, not the fact that it rains, it has been raining now for a million years, long before some half baked simian Filipino politician even was born…..

  • TheGUM

    Wunderground  weather tracking now predicts with a high probability that the super typhoon will enter our islands as a Category 3-4 storm with high winds of SUPER typhoon strength.  Time to suspend all classes in the typhoon’s path.  GET READY, kababayans.

    We can do it.  ZERO casualties, now!  TULUNGAN tayo!

  • otoling

    Hinde sanay ang mga tao duon sa balita lang.  Kailangan bayaran sila para maniwala sa balita. 

  • TheGUM

    President Aquino.  Please wake up and take this typhoon seriously.  Order all government agencies to GET READY.  Suspend classes now in the affected areas.  What are you waiting for?

    It’s the precautionary principle, OK?


    Visayas will be spared from this so-called super typhoon.

    • TheGUM

      The weather models show that Visayas will be hit hard by the super typhoon.  What makes you say otherwise?  Sige nga, sabihin mo kung bakit hindi tatamaan ang Visayas.

    • Paul US

      Wishful thinking at this point…. It’s time to prepare.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Ayaw ng mga tao manakaw ang mga kaldero, kawali, pinggan, mga damit, electric fan(kung meron), tv kasi sa dami ng magnanakaw kung baga sa kanta mula aparri hanggang sulu, sa mga magnanakaw mula gobyerno hanggang karaniwang tao maraming magnanakaw!

    • bahaykubo1015

      Exactly!!!  This is the main reason and not stubbornness that makes people refuse to evacuate. Paano pagbalik nila, limas na lahat mga gamit nila,pati mga alagang hayop…
      Kawawa naman tayo, paano kasi ang dami talagang pilipinong magnanakaw…..

      Don’t tell me this is because of poverty,  just look at our politicians, ang yayaman na nakaw pa rin ng nakaw….

      • batangsulpok

        Agree, lalo na ang mga taong-gobyerno na nagpapasasa sa yaman na ninakaw o kinurakot sa kaban ng bayan na nakakabili ng magagarang mansions, naglalakahang sasakyan, napag-aarala ng mga anak sa exclusive private schools, nagsa-shopping ang pamilya ng mga designer items, kung minsan sa abroad pa at maraming depositong pera sa bangko bukod sa iba pang properties na inilalagay sa pangalan ng kamag-anak.

  • wawa2172

    How about suspension of classes for possible affected areas? Baka mag sisihan na naman ang LGU and DEPED nito…open the gate of Gymnasium say at MSU-IIT where flocks of evacuees could settle temporarily..same with other schools that were use as evacuation center then when the Iligan City was hit by Sendong. I have noted parang walang preparation ang LGU at disaster coordinating center sa Iligan. Walang mga government, military and other private agencies na nag lilibot sa Iligan. Well, I hope that radio stations are doing its job to inform the people. Malapit na ang election so take a look kung sino ang nag tratrabaho. Same could be done at CDO where evacuation centers then could be prepared for eventualities. Kabubukas pa naman nang Ayala Center sa CDO sana huwag itong masalanta..both cities have just recover from Sendong…huwag naman sanang tamaan nang hagupit ni Pablo…we pray..

  • joerizal

    Nakakalungkot naman na Disyembre na ay dumarating pa rin ang mga unos. Karaniwan ay tapos na ang mga nakakapinsalang bagyo kapag palapit na ang Pasko. Sana ay ito na ang huli ngayong taon na ito at sana ay walang mapahamak sa paglipas ng bagyo.

  • Buknoy Bisaya


    • bahaykubo1015

      It more likely… Pag-amping mo kontra sa mga kawatan…. It would seem that the typhoon would just be a secondary concern…..Pity

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