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

Marje Pelayo   •   October 11, 2019   •   1471

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.

Japan to donate AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Philippines

Robie de Guzman   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The government of Japan will donate AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses to the Philippines, its embassy in Manila announced on Tuesday.

“Glad to be the bearer of good news today! Japan will donate AstraZeneca vaccines to the Philippines, and we’ll make sure to deliver them at the soonest possible time so no one gets left behind during this pandemic,” Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa said on Twitter.

In a separate announcement on social media, the embassy said the initiative is “part of Japan’s assistance to ASEAN countries and is outside of the COVAX facility.”

“More COVID-19 vaccines on their way to the Philippines! Foreign Minister [Toshimitsu] Motegi just announced today Japan’s intent to donate AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Japan to the Philippines,” the embassy said.

“Close coordination will be done with the Government of the Philippines going forward for the swift delivery of these much-needed jabs,” it added.

The embassy did not indicate how many vaccine doses the Japanese government will donate to the Philippines but Motegi said in an earlier public briefing that the vaccines will be shipped out in July.

The Philippines still has limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines even after receiving more than 8 million doses from February to May this year.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the country is expecting to receive over 10 million doses more for the month of June and 11 million by July.

The national government is eyeing to inoculate around 70 million people this year.

Monsoon rains prevailing across PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  State weather agency PAGASA forecasts prevailing rains over Luzon due to the effects of the southwest monsoon or habagat.

As of Tuesday (June 15), cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will continue to affect the entire Ilocos Region.

This may cause flash floods and landslides in areas susceptible to these hazards due to moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the combined effects of habagat and localized thunderstorms continue to bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms in Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

These conditions are expected to cause possible flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms thus, residents are advised to take precautionary measures against these hazards.

PAGASA has not seen any brewing storm or weather disturbance to date, though rains will prevail due to the onset of the rainy season.

Rains across PH due to southwest monsoon, ITCZ — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Since it is the onset of the rainy season, wet days are expected across the country.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the southwest monsoon is now affecting Luzon and Western Visayas.

Specifically, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon as well as Western Visayas will continue to experience cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms which may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate or at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is affecting the rest of the country bringing partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. .

These conditions may cause flash floods or landslides due to severe thunderstorms in areas susceptible to these hazards.

PAGASA advises the public to closely monitor weather updates through the agency’s official website and social media accounts.

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