10 September 2018 – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) convenes in preparation for Tropical Depression Neneng, and Typhoon Mangkhut (I.N.) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad presided over the meeting attended by DSWD Undersecretary Hope V Hervilla and representatives from partner agencies and organization namely: DOST-PAGASA, DILG, NEDA, NAMRIA, DOTr, DICT, DPWH, DOH, DepEd, NEA, DENR-MGB, BFP, PNP, PCG, AFP, PIA, PRC, NTC, SMART, GLOBE, ABS-CBN, PDRF, and OCD NCR. Regional DRRM Councils I, II, III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, VIII, X, XI and XII joined the meeting via videoconference.

PAGASA presented updates on the current weather systems being monitored. The Low Pressure Area located North of Basco, Batanes has developed into a tropical depression and was named Neneng.

TD Neneng was located 120 km North of Basco, Batanes with a maximum sustained winds of up to 170 km/h moving West at 30 km/h. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 1 is raised in the Province of Batanes where occasional rains with gusty winds are expected. The trough of TD Neneng will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Babuyan Group of Islands and scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Ilocos Norte and Apayao. It is expected to exit PAR tomorrow.

Residents living near river channels and in flood and landslide prone areas are advised to take precautionary measures as necessary. Fisherfolks and residents with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboard of Batanes.

Meanwhile, TY Mangkhut (I.N.) outside PAR was located at 2,440 km East of Southern Luzon with a maximum sustained winds of up to 140 km/h and gustiness of up to 170 km/h moving West at 30 km/h. TY Mangkhut is forecasted to enter PAR on Wednesday evening, 12 September 2018 and will be named Ompong.

The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area around Saturday, 15 September.

TCWS 1 may be raised over the Cagayan Valley Region as early as Thursday, 13 September.

The current weather systems affecting the Philippines will continue to enhance Southwest Monsoon which will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains in Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and the Provinces of Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, 12 September 2018; and likewise over Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Palawan, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Lanao del Sur on 13-14 September 2018.

Heavy rains directly associated with TY Mangkhut (I.N.) is possible by Friday, 14 September 2018 over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Batanes, and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The National DRRM Council through the National DRRM Operations Center is closely monitoring the weather systems affecting the country. Regional DRRM Councils concerned has issued advisories and warnings among Local Government Units which may be affected to undertake necessary precautions as early as possible. The Cagayan Valley Region in particular has ensured the implementation of No Sail and No Fishing Zone in preparation for the effects of the typhoon.

DILG, in close coordination with DOST-PAGASA continuously provides updates to its local counterparts. DSWD has ensured the availability of Php 1.7 billion worth of standby funds and stockpiles, and the prepositioning of Food and Non-food Items for possible response and relief efforts.

The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster met to discuss preparations and ensure that communication lines will remain open when the typhoon hits the country.

The uniformed services (AFP, PNP, BFP, and PCG) were likewise tasked to ongoing response units as national reserve for possible deployment as the need arises to regions that may be affected.

As of 5PM today, the National DRRM Operations Center has raised its alert status to BLUE in continuous monitoring of weather updates as well as the preparations for TD Neneng and TY Mangkhut (I.N.).

The next Pre-disaster Risk Assessment Meeting will be on Wednesday where PAGASA will be presenting a Storm Surge Analysis to prepare for the possible threats of storm surge in concerned areas.

Residents in concerned areas are advised to prepare early and heed the advise of Local DRRM Officials on pre-emptive evacuation. Tourist are strongly encouraged to postpone activities such as surfing, caving, and mountaineering until the weather systems dissipate.

The public is advised to only share reliable and credible information based on the PAGASA’s latest updates. Everyone is encouraged to monitor weather updates through radio, TV, and social media.