09 July 2018 – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) discusses the preparations for Typhoon Gardo in a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting at the NDRRM Operations Center, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad presided over the meeting attended by representatives from NDRRMC Member Agencies namely: DOST-PAGASA, DILG, DSWD, DENR-MGB, PIA, DOH, DOTr, DICT, DPWH, AFP, PCG, NAMRIA, BFP, PNP, and DepEd. Likewise, Regional DRRM Councils I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VI, VII, NCR and CAR joined the meeting via videoconference.

Typhoon Gardo has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 3:00 AM today. According to PAGASA, TY Gardo has maintained its strength while moving west-northwest over the Philippine Sea.

At 3:00 PM, the typhoon was estimated at 1,020 km East of Basco, Batanes with a maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 225 km/h moving West Northwest at 30 km/h.

While TY Gardo is not expected to make landfall, it may enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) which will bring monsoon rains particularly in MIMAROPA and Western Visayas. Occasional rains may prevail over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Zambales, Bataan, and Aurora until tomorrow. Monsoon rains may affect most areas of Luzon, especially over the western section beginning Wednesday. Residents in these areas especially in low-lying and mountainous areas are advised to undertake necessary preparedness measures against possible flooding and landslide due to heavy rains.

Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon due to TY Gardo and enhanced Habagat. Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out in the seas.

No tropical cyclone warning signal is raised and TY Gardo is forecast to exit PAR by Wednesday morning.
The National Council, through its Regional DRRM Councils, is closely monitoring the prevailing weather systems in the country. DILG has advised all local government units to implement preparedness activities in accordance with the Operation L!sto protocols. DSWD ensured the availability of sufficient relief items including standby funds and the prepositioning of necessary Food and Non-Food Items.
The public is advised to heed the call of Local DRRM Councils for evacuation if the need arises. Everyone is encouraged to prepare, and not to be complacent about the prevailing weather situation. All are enjoined to monitor updates on these weather systems through radio, TV and social media.