(14 April 2021)

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) today directed regional and local counterparts to begin preparations for Tropical Storm “BISING”.

The NDRRMC, through Memorandum 34 s. 2021, directed the Chairpersons of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (RDRRMCs), OCD Regional Directors and Local DRRM Councils to conduct risk communication activities, disseminate warnings and advisories to communities at risk; initiate Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) meetings; activate their respective Emergency Operations Center (EOCs); conduct inventory of resources for response; and preposition their assets and rescue teams.

The tropical storm was spotted 1,210 kilometers east of Mindanao outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of 3:00AM today, April 14, 2021 and is moving north-northwest at speed of 10km per hour. It may enter the country on Friday as a typhoon and will be named "BISING."

The tropical storm remains less likely to directly affect the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its latest public weather forecast today. It is forecast to intensify but it is unlikely to make landfall, the state weather bureau added.

The public is also reminded to take precautionary measures in anticipation of the possible effects of the storm alongside the observance of minimum public health standards against COVID-19.