NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad chaired the meeting attended by DOST Undersecretary for DRR and Climate Change Renato U Solidum, Jr. and representatives from various member agencies namely: DOST-PAGASA, DILG, DSWD, AFP, DepEd, DPWH, DICT, DENR-MGB, NEDA, DOH, PCG, PNP, BFP and OCD. Likewise, Regional DRRM Councils MIMAROPA, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, ARMM and CARAGA joined the meeting via Skype.
PAGASA reported that as of 2:00 PM, today, TS Basyang was located 570km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up 80 kph moving west Northwest at 22 kph. It has maintained its strength as it continues to approach the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 2 has been raised in the Province of Surigao del Sur while TCWS number 1 has been raised in the southern portion of Samar, southern portion of Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, and Siquijor. The Provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras might be included in the areas under TCWS 1 in the next PAGASA bulletin. TS Basyang is expected to make landfall in Caraga Region tomorrow morning or in the afternoon.
Scattered to widespread, moderate to heavy rains is expected within 24 hours over Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula and the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostella Valley, North Cotabato, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. Residents in these areas are strongly advised to take the necessary precautions and heed the warnings of Local DRRM Officials. Meanwhile, Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains.
Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and areas under TCWS due to the approaching tropical storm and the surge of the Northeast Monsoon. Gale warning is raised in these particular seaboards.
The National Council has advised its concerned Regional DRRM Councils to take the necessary precautions as well as dessiminate all advisories at the local level. DILG has ensured the dessimination of warnings and advisories to concerned LGUs and has directed them to take preparedness actions in accordance with the Operation L!sto protocols. DSWD has prioritized the prepositioning of goods and equipment including standby funds for possible response.
The NDRRM Operations Center remains on RED ALERT status as response operations for Mayon Volcano eruption continues and TS Basyang monitoring.
The public is advised to stay alert especially in the areas to be affected by the prevailing weather systems in the country. Residents in landslide and flood prone areas are advised to prepare and be vigilant at all times.
Everyone is encouraged to monitor weather updates via radio, television and social media and share relevant information from reliable sources.