DFA calls on Filipinos in Japan to keep safe ahead of Super Typhoon Hagibis

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019   •   832

MANILA Philippines – The trough of Typhoon Hagibis is now affecting the eastern section of Mindanao, the state weather service PAGASA said Friday (October 11).

It will bring cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms in CARAGA, Davao region, and Northern Mindanao.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to the effects of localized thunderstorms.

Likewise, the northeasterly surface windflow remains prevailing over Luzon.

When it reaches Japan this weekend, the weather system is expected to develop into a super typhoon.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has categorized ‘Hagibis’ as a violent typhoon which is the highest category in Japan’s typhoon scale.

Thus, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo advised Filipinos in Japan “to stay alert and regularly monitor news and announcements” from the Japanese Government and the JMA.

“The Embassy has asked Filipinos in Japan to be careful as heavy rains, strong winds, high waves, and storm surges are likely to occur, and to avoid travelling to potentially affected areas until the typhoon has dissipated,” the DFA said in a statement.

The DFA also reminded Filipinos especially in the Greater Tokyo Area that train operations could be suspended especially if the super typhoon does not change its forecast path.

Thus, it is necessary for travelers to always check the latest information from airlines, train companies, and other public transportation companies to be able to prepare and act ahead of the possible disaster.

Filipinos needing assistance may contact the Embassy’s hotline numbers +81 80 4928 7979 and +81 80 7000 7979.

Tokyo residents welcome end of state of emergency

UNTV News   •   May 26, 2020

People in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday (May 26) woke up to their first day with loosened social distancing curbs, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted the state of emergency for all areas in the country on Monday (May 25).

Tokyo and the three surrounding prefectures, as well as Hokkaido were the last remaining areas under emergency.

Many residents welcomed the government’s decision to end the emergency, though most said they are still alert for the virus since more people are out on the streets.

“I’m still a bit worried. There may be a second wave of an epidemic so we still need to be alert,” said 45-year-old Naoto Furuki who said the trains were a lot more crowded with commuters this morning.

With the emergency order lifted, Tokyo will move into “stage one” of loosening restrictions, allowing libraries and museums to reopen, and restaurants to stay open until later in the evening. Subsequent stages would see theatres, cinemas and fairgrounds reopen.

Company employee Daisuke Tominaga is happy that the emergency state is over, saying that the Japanese economy will collapse if businesses and people have to continue to live under restrictions.

“I want to go out drinking and attend concerts,” he said enthusiastically.

Many shops and restaurants have restarted operations since the government began lifting the emergency in rural and suburban areas earlier this month, but some stores remain closed. (Reuters)

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Typhoon Ambo adds 3 meters to Angat Dam’s reserve

Marje Pelayo   •   May 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The water level in Angat Dam has improved in the aftermath of Typhoon Ambo in Luzon.

According to the latest reading by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the weather system has added 3.09 meters of water to Angat Dam’s reserve from 187.53 meters on May 15 to 190.62 meters on 6:00 am, Sunday (May 17).

Angat’s water level is now 10 meters over its normal operating level of 180 meters.

Last week, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has increased domestic allocation to Metro Manila from Angat Dam to 48 cubic meters per second from 46 cubic meters per second to maintain enough supply on the duration of the government-imposed community quarantine in view of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. –MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Bagyong Ambo inaasahang lalabas ng PAR sa Lunes

Marje Pelayo   •   May 16, 2020

MANILA,Philippines — Napanatili ng bagyong Ambo ang lakas nito habang papatawid sa karagatan ng Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur. 

Batay sa weather bulletin ng Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) ngayong ika-7:00 ng umaga, Sabado (May 16) ang mata ng bagyong Ambo ay natukoy sa karagatan ng Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, taglay ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 75 km/h at pagbugso na aabot naman sa 125 km/h. 

Kumikilos ito patungong Hilaga at hilagang-kanluran sa bilis na 20 km//h.

Ayon sa PAGASA, posibleng lumabas ang bagyong Ambo sa Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) sa Lunes (May 18) ng umaga o kaya ay hapon.

Dahil dito, patuloy na mararanasan ang katamtaman hanggang malakas na pagulan sa Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley at sa Hilagang bahagi ng Aurora at Zambales.

Samantala, inalis na ng PAGASA ang tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #3 sa alinmang bahagi ng bansa.

Gayunman, nananatiling nakataas ang TCWS#2 sa mga sumusunod na lugar:

Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan (Lingayen, San Carlos City, Basista, Malasiqui, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Rosales, Balungao, Umingan, Binmaley, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sta. Maria, San Quintin, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, Mapandan, Manaoag, Laoac, Binalonan, Asingan, Tayug, Natividad, San Jacinto, Pozzorubio, San Fabian, Sison, San Manuel, San Nicolas), Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Babuyan Islands, hilaga-kanlurang bahagi ng mainland Cagayan (Santa Praxedes, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Pamplona, Abulug), Nueva Vizcaya, hilagang bahagi ng Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Lupao, San Jose City, Pantabangan).

Nakataas naman ang TCWS #1 sa mga sumusunod na lugar:

Batanes, nalalabing bahagi ng Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, the rest of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, hilagang bahagi ng  Zambales (Santa Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, and Iba), at sa nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan.

Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga nasabing lugar na maghanda, mag-ingat at makipagugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan para sa kaukulang aksyon at tulong na kinakailangan. 

Patuloy ring magbantay sa mga paalala ng PAGASA kaugnay ng nararanasang pagulan dulot ng pagkilos ng bagyo. 

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