(16 April 2021)

Typhoon 'Surigae' (international name) with local name ‘Bising’ entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today at 6:20 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported during Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment Meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council this afternoon.

The typhoon is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country however it will bring heavy rains over Eastern Visayas and Bicol region on Sunday, the state weather bureau said.

As of 10:00 a.m. today, TY ‘Bising’ was spotted 960 kilometers east of Surigao del Norte with maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gustiness up to 160 km/h and is moving west northwestward at 15km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 may be raised over some localities in Northern Samar and Eastern Samar tonight and highest possible wind signal is TCWS No. 2 over some provinces of Bicol region and eastern portions of Eastern Visayas.

Mariners of small seacrafts are also advised to take precautionary measures as TY ‘Bising’ will bring rough to very rough seas over eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) identified 2,047 barangays susceptible to landslide and flood in Bicol region. Warnings and advisories are continuously being cascaded.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said it has issued guidance to Local Government Units for preparedness measures. LGUs to be affected are now on-stand by for possible evacuation.

Family food packs have been prepositioned for distribution should the need arise, the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported. Land and sea travel are also now suspended in Bicol as ordered by the Department of Transportation.

Continuous monitoring of situation and coordination are being conducted by NDRRMC and its regional counterparts for TY ‘Bising.’ The NDRRMC issued new guidance to its member agencies for emergency and preparedness measures as well as to RDRRMCs of affected areas for updating of resource inventory and determination of gaps and needs to be requested to NDRRMC.

The public is again reminded to take precautionary measures, continue to monitor weather updates, and follow authorities' warnings while observing COVID-19 minimum public health standards.