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Aquino appeals for cooperation ahead of storm

By Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:26:00 10/16/2010

Filed Under: Benigno Aquino III, Government, Weather

MANILA, Philippines ? In light of President Benigno Aquino III?s objective of zero casualties during the onslaught of Typhoon Juan (international codename: Megi), Malacaang called on the public Saturday to be prepared and monitor the movement of the strongest typhoon to enter the country this year on the news and Internet.

As early as Friday night, the President called for cooperation from all concerned government and private sector groups to ensure that no one would die as ?Juan? crosses the country, dumping expected heavy rain and gusting killer winds.

?Let us all work together to ensure zero casualties for the coming typhoon,? Aquino said in a statement.

?I ask our countrymen in affected areas to cooperate with their barangay, municipal, provincial and national officials in ensuring orderly and efficient preparations are made,? he added.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said the public, particularly people in Northern Luzon who are expected to bear the brunt of the typhoon, could also monitor the typhoon?s movement through pagasa.dost.gov.ph, Twitter and hotline 433-ULAN.

?Let us be ready so that we can avoid damage?. Don?t panic but be prepared,? said Valte over the government-run dzRB radio station.

Aquino asked the public to monitor rainfall levels in their respective areas.

?Pagasa has issued advisories for the public to expect exceptionally heavy rainfall in the eastern coast of Isabela-Cagayan,? Aquino said.

He said those in the private sector could alert their employees, ?particularly those who are Red Cross volunteers, to be ready to help when needed.?

?We do not want to unduly alarm the public but there is nothing lost by being prepared. Let us all do our part to ensure that we remain focused on proactive measures to reduce risk to population,? the President said.

?And I am confident our government will, once again, work hand-in-hand with the citizenry to bring out the best in all of us as we brace for the coming storm,? he added.

Aquino, who announced a better forecasting system implemented by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, committed the weather bureau to hourly updates to give adequate warning to those in the typhoon?s path.

?We are confident that Pagasa and the DoST will continue to provide timely and useful information to the public,? the President said.

?In the meantime, I have instructed the MMDA and all relevant authorities to take down billboards until the typhoon is over,? he added.

He said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council was ready for preemptive evacuation of affected areas on Sunday. The typhoon was expected to make landfall Monday.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has also prepositioned relief goods.

?The NDRRMC has also been instructed to preposition rescue equipment if necessary,? the President said.



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