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National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council officials and Regional DRRMCs met yesterday, 4 November 2020 to discuss on-going preparations for Severe Tropical Storm "SIONY," as the response for the effects of Super Typhoon "ROLLY" continues.

In the latest weather bulletin report issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as of 4:00 AM today, the center of STS "SIONY" was seen 595 km East of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.

STS "SIONY" is forecasted to reach typhoon category with a peak intensity of 120 km/h by tomorrow morning, 06 November 2020, as it passes the Batanes-Babuyan Islands area.

In yesterday’s meeting, NDRRMC discussed preparedness measures with Regional DRRMCs for STS "SIONY" including the release of memorandum to all Department of the Interior and Local Government Provincial Directors on the preparation for STS "SIONY" for the implementation of pre-emptive evacuation in areas that highly susceptibility to storm surge, floods and landslides; dissemination of warnings to areas to be affected; prepositioning of food, non-food items and medicines in various strategic locations; activation of medical teams from different Department of Health-retained hospitals for possible deployment; as well as guidance and memoranda issuance to RDRRMC member agencies and LDRRMCs on stoppage of mining activities, tourism activities, and quarrying.

Cordillera RDRRMC also reported pre-emptive evacuation in flood- and landslide-prone in the Provinces of Apayao, Kalinga, and Benguet.

Transport assets such as army trucks are on stand-by for possible augmentation to disaster operations as well as the Department of Public Works and Highways assets for clearing operations.

RDRRMCs are regularly holding PDRA meetings for STS "SIONY." The NDRRMC reiterates its call on the public to take precautionary measures and follow the advice and warnings of authorities.