NDRRMC on red alert for storm ‘Quinta’


NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos.

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) continued to be on red alert on Tuesday, as tropical depression “Quinta” developed into a storm, three weeks since the alert status was raised to its highest level when typhoon Pablo slammed into Eastern Mindanao earlier this month.

“In about 22 hours, the storm will make its landfall. We don’t know if it would change its course and that’s why we are on red alert,” Benito Ramos, NDRRMC executive director, said in a press conference at the state weather bureau office.

The death toll from Pablo has reached 1,067 and 834 people were listed missing as of Tuesday, the NDRRMC said in its latest report released on the same day. Most of the casualties are from hard-hit Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

Damage to agriculture, infrastructure and private properties had reached almost P37 billion, the NDRRMC said.

With “Quinta” now in the Philippine area of responsibility, the state weather bureau in its 5 p.m. update Tuesday placed more areas under storm signals.

Under signal no. 2 were:

  1. Eastern Samar;
  2. Western Samar;
  3. Leyte;
  4. Southern Leyte;
  5. northern Cebu;
  6. Camotes Island;
  7. Bohol;
  8. and Biliran in the Visayas;
  9. Dinagat Province;
  10.  Siargao Island;
  11. Surigao Del Norte in Mindanao

Under signal no. 1 were Northern Samar, Masbate, Ticao Island, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros provinces, Siquijor, and the rest of Cebu in the Visayas, and Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and Surigao Del Sur in Mindanao.

The NDRRMC has instructed its regional and local disaster offices to evacuate people living in low-lying and mountainous areas in the first “severe weather bulletin” it issued at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

Ramos said the NDRRMC has been on red alert since “Pablo” and has not lowered the alert level because “retrieval, search and relief operations” in the typhoon-ravaged areas were still ongoing.

Ramos said that just like with “Pablo,” the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) under Maj. Gen. Jorge Segovia would be at the forefront of providing assistance in areas in Quinta’s path, supported by other military and police units, and the local governments.

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  • $20926843

    This agency is as inutile as its autistic boss in malacanang.  It is good only in counting  dead bodies and assessing damage to properties. This is the curse of the country in electing a special child to the presidency lacking in libido!

  • batangsulpok

    Ito ang isang agency na dapat alisin na o di kaya ay palitan si Ramos na panahon pa ni kupong-kupong ang alam tungkol sa mga disasters kasi mag-report sila, mali pa.  Sa dami na ng calamities na dumaan sa Pilipinas, wala pa rin improvement dahil tuwing may bagyong ganito, di malaman ng tao kung may relief na darating o kung may sapat na equipments na magagamit para masalba sila.

  • disqusted0fu

    on typhoon pablo, our president went to the disaster site days after the typhoon. with him were his cronies and some relief goods all riding 7 choppers. while on the site, Aquino handed out a few of the goods, shook a couple of hands and took some pictures. after that, nothing more. til now, the disaster sites are still needing help and a lot of relief goods, but where are the president and his cronies? or at the very least the relief goods riding those choppers? everyone must be busy with their Christmas break. and this is why we can not afford another pablo.

  • http://twitter.com/amormaclang Amor Maclang

     Let’s continue to remain vigilant for the potential for risks. Risks don’t go away, we can only mitigate it. While the rest of the world is anticipating what to do post crisis – what did we do prior? PAGASA images continue to remind us all of those who are right now in Storm Quinta’s path…Lest we get swept away by the euphoria of the holidays and forget where and what actual work needs to be done… I will work tirelessly and champion the one group/candidate/organization that will put disaster risk mitigation (and not just management which is after the fact) at the forefront of their agenda…Let’s be vigilant. As I always say, over preparation is NOT over reacting. Those are two different things. As a risk and crisis mitigator, it’s stunning to me how leaders, CEOs, business owners, planners, visionaries all, can be myopic when it comes to risk mitigation – that they would rather just “hope for the best” and “hope it doesn’t happen” by minimizing potential risks. As I always say, over preparation is NOT over reacting. We need to over prepare so we don’t have to over/or under react. @amormaclang @geisermaclang

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