Mindanao girds for ‘Pablo’

Typhoon shuts down schools and offices


Hundreds of coastal residents fled their homes Monday as Typhoon “Pablo” barreled toward the northeastern part of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour gusting up to 210 kph.

Authorities shut down schools and government offices in the regions where the potential supertyphoon was likely to hit early this morning.  Ferry boat operators and fishermen were told to stay ashore and civil defense units and the Philippine Coast Guard went on full alert ahead of the storm’s onslaught.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said close to 2,000 passengers had been stranded in nine seaports.

The NDRRMC said  54 “roll-on, roll-off” cargo ships and 25 other smaller sea vessels were stopped from leaving  ports in the National Capital Region, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao.

The council said the Department of Social Welfare and Development had allocated P42.35 million worth of relief goods for affected provinces, including P3.7 million in stand-by funds. Prepacked food items were ready to be distributed to some 10,000 families in Mindanao, the agency said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted Storm Signal No. 3 Monday over Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Davao Oriental, warning of wind blasts between 100 and 185 kph in the next 18 hours.

“The weather is good right now but we keep advising local governments not to be complacent because this is going to get worse,” said Olive Luces, the regional director of the Office of Civil Defense in the Caraga region.

“Everyone is hoping that it won’t be that fierce,” said Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman after officials briefed President Aquino in Malacañang on disaster relief preparations.

‘Let’s pray’

Pablo (international name: “Bopha”) was spotted at 10 p.m. Monday in the Pacific 230 km southeast of Hinatuan City in Surigao del Sur. It was moving westward at 26 kph and was expected in Surigao del Sur Tuesday morning.

Signal No. 3 was raised in Surigao del Norte incl. Siargao, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, North Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte and Davao del Norte incl. Samal Is.

Storm Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu incl. Camotes Is, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Misamis Occidental, Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao.

Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte incl. Biliran, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sarangani and South Cotabato were under Storm Signal No. 1.

“Let’s pray that, while this storm is expected to be stronger than ‘Sendong,’ we’ll be spared from a severe calamity,” Vice President Jejomar Binay said.

Tropical Storm “Sendong” struck Northern Mindanao a year ago, leaving more than 1,500 people dead.

Rear Adm. Luis Tuason Jr., officer in charge of the Philippine Coast Guard, placed the agency’s units to “brace up for the coming onslaught.”

Tuason warned ferry operators and fishermen against putting out to sea in the areas on the path of the typhoon.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje ordered key field officials of his department to link up with local disaster management councils and issue geohazard advisories, saying that he expected the typhoon “to dump an unusual large volume of rainfall, especially in Mindanao.

Paje said the advisories should include relocation sites and “must point susceptibility levels of areas to landslides, floods, flash floods and debris accumulation zones, and must include warnings.”

Red alert

“All disaster agencies were placed on red alert ahead of the full brunt of Typhoon Pablo,” Blanche Gobenchiong, civil defense regional director, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Gobenchiong said maritime operations all over the region particularly at the Butuan, Surigao and Dinagat ports had been suspended.

Local officials were not taking chances, apparently heeding the lesson of Supertyphoon  “Nitang” (international name: “Ike”)  in 1984. Packing winds of 220 kph, Nitang killed some 1,300 people in Surigao del Norte.

In Hinatuan and the capital town of Tandag in Surigao del Sur, forced evacuation was implemented in six coastal villages.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas suspended classes in all levels and port operations and ferry boat trips in and out of the city were canceled. Gymnasiums in the area were already crammed with evacuees Monday.

Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante said disaster rescue and relief personnel were on stand by and evacuation sites had been readied.

Dinagat Island Gov. Glenda Ecleo shut down schools and government offices Monday morning, while the Philippine Coast Guard ordered a no-sailing, no-fishing policy this noon in all areas of Caraga.

In Agusan del Sur, residents in low-lying and landslide-prone areas were told to evacuate. Gov. Adolf Edward Plaza directed the 14 town mayors of the province to designate evacuation centers. Classes were also suspended in San Francisco town at noon Monday.

Church in relief efforts

In Cagayan de Oro City, Archbishop Antonio Ledesma on Monday called for a briefing with lead government agencies. The Church will act as a coordinating body for the local government of Misamis Oriental and the city.

Mayor Vicente Emano ordered code blue, which means people living near rivers, streams, slopes and other disaster-prone areas in Cagayan de Oro should move to their barangay-designated evacuation areas. Two dump trucks were transporting residents to evacuation centers yesterday morning.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Surigao del Norte has passed a resolution declaring forced evacuation for residents living in identified “high risk” areas all over the province.

Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy said he  ordered mining communities as early as Saturday to move to safer ground as they were most vulnerable to landslides. Uy, who was attending a peace and order meeting in Davao City, said he had asked people living near riverbanks to evacuate.

Davao del Norte Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario said over 100 volunteers were on standby in the province.

“I have asked the disaster office to issue  regular updates for us to keep ourselves abreast of the status of the storm and be aware of its effects, so that we can immediately come to the  aid of neighboring communities,” said Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Gov. Mujiv Hataman said the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao was also bracing for the typhoon.

Hataman said his office would monitor water levels in catch basins where floodwaters from Bukidnon, North Cotabato and South Cotabato drain in Lanao or Cotabato City.

Authorities in the Visayas and the Bicol region also geared up for Pablo’s onslaught. With reports from TJ Burgonio, Tarra Quismundo, Jerry Esplanada in Manila; and Danilo V. Adorador III, Chris V. Panganiban, Cai Panlilio, Germelina Lacorte, Julie S. Alipala, Frinston Lim, Bobby Lagsa,  Inquirer Mindanao; Jani Arnaiz, Joey Gabieta, Jhunnex Napallacan, Carmel Loise Matus, Carla Gomez and Nestor Burgos, Inquirer Visayas; and Mar S. Arguelles, Inquirer Southern Luzon

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZGQIIXRKTYOS4AJLFPUPF7TLM4 Christian

     spare us from any danger lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Saint Pedro Calungsod. Amen.

    • Weee_de_nga

      …and may the heathen whoose comment is below, may evaporate in hell first.

  • TulisangDagat

    bakit ngayon lang kayo nagdadasal ?


    “Let’s pray that, while this storm is expected to be stronger than
    ‘Sendong,’ we’ll be spared from a severe calamity,” Vice President
    Jejomar Binay said. 

    • leetsekah

      yeah, kasi si binay gusto makuha boto ng visayas kasi malaki, ultimo baha sa makati at sa mismong village nya di nya magawan ng paraan para masolve.

      ipagmalaki kasi nya ang makati, sa totoo mga yabut nag umpisa ng makati panahon ni marcos at si ayala ang bumuhay sa makati nagkataon na they reap what other have sown.

      sabi nya noon during 1998 election ang mga barbers daw political dynasty kasi lola government official sa surigao, tapos senator si former bobby barbers tapos si dean barbers offical ng makati, kanya sa ngalan ng ina, ama at apo pa. tingnan mo sya ngayon wife nya dati mayor, sya dati amyor vVP pa, anaks (plural yan ha) nasa gobeyerno din ano tawag nyan? “unholy tirnity” sa ngalan ng ama, ina at anaks! pa!

  • Simplengmamamayan

    What does PAGASA doing here? Other international weather agencies has elevated Pablo as Category 5 Super Typhoon! PAGASA should raise Signal #4 or at least report a higher sustained winds (220kph and above).. this will give more emphasis on the evacuation and preparation of our kababayans in mindanao.. Ano bang pang measure ang gamit nila? 10 minutes sustained winds? Kung 1-minute sustained winds sobrang lakas na.. dapat maalerto ka na ng todo..

    • TheGUM

      After reading this, I checked Wunderground forecast and they have Pablo classified as a super typhoon Category 5, as it enters Mindanao.  It slows down to Category 2 as it leaves Mindanao and maintains its Category 1 status as a typhoon.  Mindanao takes the brunt of high winds and its land formation slows the typhoon.

      It’s a strong one folks.  Tuloy ang paghahanda at pag-iingat.  Keep up the good work, everybody.  ZERO casualties, sana!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539120939 Felai Puerto-Cabahug

      I don’t get it why you guys keep on bashing PAGASA. Kayo nalang kaya mag-meteorologists. Sana maintindihan din natin ang ibig sabihin ng “forecast.” In any case, whatever category this super typhoon belongs to, everyone in its “predicted” direct path (and nearby provinces) have to be ready at all times. Di yung kung may konting paglihis kasalanan na kagad ng PAGASA. Let’s be fair. Please. God bless us all. 

      • Simplengmamamayan

        Huh? I’m not bashing them.. I’m telling the truth.. di ako meteorologist pero they should try to check other experts view di yung kung ano nasa forecast nila yun lang.. and please, kaya nga forecast kse dapat kahit papano reliable and with high degree of accuracy di yung basta makaforecast na lang.. read other news.. US experts told that this is a very powerful Super Typhoon as shown by the evidence right now.. indeed kailangan magprepare nung mga nasa forecast track kahit anong signal pa yan.. kaya dapat tama yung forecast nila.. di yung ibang lugar ang maghahanda dahil sa maling information. I cannot believe that we are experiencing more than 10 typhoons a year for so many years yet PAGASA has never level up experience from there.. they should start to review the data they collected on the previous typhoons and review the current indicators they are giving to the public.. may mga report pang sabi bila “maybe Pablo is stronger than Sendong” .. ano ba yan.. Sendong is tropical storm (around 65kph ata yun) tapos si Pablo 175 to 210kph daw sabi nila… so bket “maybe” anong forecast yan? di sigurado? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539120939 Felai Puerto-Cabahug

        I’m amazed. Wala lang. You know it eh. Join PAGASA! LOL

  • charlie_oscar

    There are only two things that unite the Filipino… Pacquiao fights and Super Typhoons!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/DH2P2XFH6HO2VH4OMYRABV2KJI yahoo-DH2P2XFH6HO2VH4OMYRABV2KJI

      sad but in a way true…tsk tsk

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IWSC74JRY6R3OJ6DO4XJUWECS4 paranoid_penguin

    Yan ba ang tinuturo ng relihiyon mo? if you believed that a living person is your God then it is your choice…..or yan cguro ang tinuturo ng pamilya mo sa pagpapalaki sa yo…then i say…that your parents have greatly failed to raise you as a person….

    • leetsekah

      hoy ronilo yap umuwi kayo sa china, mga walang utang na loob kayo, sa china nag hihirap kayo doon tapos nagsilayas mga great great grandparents nyo at pumunta sa ibaang asian countries, learn your history sa last name mo yap, chinese dugo nyo

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    Caraga, Tagum (Davao Norte) to Bukidnon, will hit Iligan ( Super typhoon strength)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IWSC74JRY6R3OJ6DO4XJUWECS4 paranoid_penguin

    Pre…may tililing ka yata….di po God…Saint po…

    • Ronilo Yap

      And who said saint can save lives?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    masyadong mataas ang forecast ng pag asa

    • rosaddiaq

       Oo nga. Mas malapit ang forecast ng Japan Met at US Joint Typhoon Warning System. Sabi ng PAGASA sa Surigao tatama pero sa Davao Oriental pala.

      • Ronilo Yap

        Forecast nga eh.. buti nga lumihis.

  • zeroko

    Huag na ninyo pagtalunan kung saan dadapo ang bagyo sa Coastline natin. Para naman kayong bago ng bago.   Ang ginastos nating Doppler Radar, the modern technique of measuring and forecasting weather are in the storage room of Pagasa, he he he. 

    Sa tutuo, mahirap talaga i-predict ang bagyo. Ngunit, nahahalata ko na palaging contra partida ang tinatayaan ko. Pag sabi ng Pag-asa na uulan, hindi ako nagdadala ng payong. At, tama nga ako, it’s a sunny weather. Pag sabi naman ng Pag-asa na ‘sunny weather’, dala ako ng payong. He he he. With due respect, joke lang ito.

    Kaya lang, bakit  malaking sakuna ang nangyari sa Iligan at Cagayan de Oro?. Ito ay pinagtatakhan ko. A doppler radar measures the volume of rain, so why did Pag-asa fail to forewarn those areas it will pass. Para bang sinabi mong, e-wala naman bagyo, bakit ako magbrobrodcast? Tama, walang bagyo, ngunit, the remark defeats the purpose of the Doppler radar which, as I have said, measures the volume of rain. In short, Pag-asa does not care to inform the low laying areas which will get affected if perchance there will be a continues rain. And this is what happened.

    Talagang “utak tuko” ang Pag-asa in particular and our National Government in general. Aantayin muna nila ang malaking sakuna bago sila blah blah blah! Tignan ninyo ang land slide sa Ormoc at Saint Bernard, Leyte. Ngayon lang sila conscious na may roon palang gadget to measure the ground movement, a precursor of a big land slide. Nagkakabitak bitak muna ang lupa bago mangyari ang malaking land slide. And this technology has been used by Americans in their Saint  

    Sa dami ng mga illegal loggers na Congressman katulad ng sa Aurora Province, the home turp of the Angaras, wala talagang mangyayari sa re-forestation natin. We have been granted millions and millions of dollars by of all people, foreign grands, yet the fact that our law-makers, Congressmen participate one way or another in the nefarious illegal logging, wala., Reforestation is an exercise in futility!

    I still remember when looking below while riding in an airplane, I see the arteries of roads built by illegal logging activities. Very simple lang naman ang pagmonitor nitong mga illegal logging activities. All our stupid government will do is to buy 3 Cessna-172 single engine aircraft for economy and assign each aircraft to each region, one for Luzon, one in Visayas, and last, in Mindanao. It’s job is to monitor the illegal loggings, then coordinate with the PNP and military. Then execute right on the spot everyone who is caught on the act. Of course, we should extract information first before executing them who are the financiers and the corrupt government officials involve. Execute them too. You may be surprise, many if not all the financiers and politicians are Filipino-Chinese. Filipino per se does not have the financial capacity, the business acumen, and marketing organization unlike these Filipino Chinese. 

    The net-work of these Filipino-Chinese is very extensive. It is like an Octopus, well organized and well finance. From Logging, from providing cargo trucks (these lumbers are loaded in Fish Dealer trucks), to the end at Chinese hardware all over the country. The business is run like a military organization. It is a syndicate, just like the illegal drugs, and the Jueteng. Money runs into billions and billions of pesos.

    The Filipino people are the ultimate victims who would not benefit from these illegal activities. 30 years ago, we have a pristine forest in Mindanao. It is comparable to the Amazon jungle. Unfortunately, we welcome the Chinese in our country, but instead of participating in nation building, the devastate our natural resources, take over our businesses, and complete control of our government. He he he. Fantastic!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDHB52CRABSQ4LK4ODPHCYISZA glenmoore

      kahit walang radar isa lang ang direction nang bagyo pag dito sa pinas.. halos northwest talaga yan

      mag change din ang course nyan mga ilang degrees pero malapit sa northwest talaga yan…
      kaya siguro nag flash floods un sa amin kasi mga illegal loggers na hinahayaan lang ng mga officials.. ewan ko lang.. aya kong mag cyber crime.. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PWUMXMSVRFJPACXLBU7QF6ANNU Roger

    mahirap talaga alamin ang direksyon ng bagyo at naka depende yan sa lagay ng panahon lalo na kung masama ang panahon. :-) Peace!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDHB52CRABSQ4LK4ODPHCYISZA glenmoore

    hindi mo lang alam ano mga nangyayari dito sa iligan the time nangyari ung sendong.. even some of our muslim brothers saw something and you know what happened after? they pray with their catholic nejghbors the Rosary… not actually that they prayed but they attended the prayer.

    at wag mong ganyanin ang mga Saints na inilaan ang buhay nila para sa Panginoon… sila ang totoong dapat i idolo natin at gayahin hindi ung mga artista ngayun na puro pagandahan at pasexyhan lang nalalaman… hard to admit na ako mahihirapan din akong gayahin ang mga Saints sa nagawa nila kasi nasanay na rin ako sa ganitong pamumuhay pero at least hindi ako nang aapak ng tao… God bless us all malakas na hangin ngayun..

    • Ronilo Yap

      So kung may mamatay ngayon kay pablo, sa mga santo niyo isisi bakit di pinoprotektahan. yon lang yon..

  • PinoyAngLahiKo

    Natural disaster liked this is really hard to predict, when
    and where it will strike. It is not the fault neither the government agency PAGASA
    nor the religious groups. Why don’t we try to help those people who are
    affected by this disaster rather than pinpointing someone? It is not only me or
    you but US.


  • PinoyAngLahiKo

    Natural disaster liked this is really hard to predict, when
    and where it will strike. It is not the fault neither the government agency PAGASA
    nor the religious groups. Why don’t we try to help those people who are
    affected by this disaster rather than pinpointing someone? It is not only me or
    you but US.


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