Isabela gov’t readies rescue measures ahead of tropical storm Ramon

Marje Pelayo   •   November 14, 2019   •   314

ISABELA, Philippines – The provincial government of Isabela is preparing ahead of the expected impact of tropical storm ‘Ramon.’

According to Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) Assistant Director Col. Basilio Dumlao, they have already instructed other disaster management units in the province about the necessary preparations ahead of the storm.

So far, emergency vehicles are on standby in case evacuation of residents is required during the onset of the storm especially those who live in low-lying areas and along the coasts.

The provincial government has so far prepared 600 food packs for the relief operations in communities in the coastal areas so they would have food and prevent sailors from venturing out into the rough seas.

Residents are also oriented of the possible evacuation once the storm intensifies. – MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

PH Navy to provide aid to flood-hit Cagayan, Isabela

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Navy, through its Naval Forces Northern Luzon (NFNL), is set to deploy its available resources to provide aid to thousands of people who were displaced by massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.

In a statement issued Sunday, the Philippine Navy Public Affairs said the relief mission, which is part of its humanitarian assistance and disaster relief initiative, will be conducted by NFNL units at Naval Base Camilo Osias in San Vicente, Cagayan.

“Several areas in Isabela and Cagayan were put under state of calamity because of the damages the flooding has brought to this part of the country. PN personnel and assets are now ready to be deployed to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response in some of the areas affected by this calamity,” the navy said.

It added that the effort is part of its readiness and commitment to provide prompt assistance to Filipino families stricken by calamity.

“For those who would like to donate, they can directly coordinate with the Naval Operation Center at (02) 524-4981 and 0917 8045092 and Civil Military Operation Group, PN at (02) 524-2061 loc 6133 and 09053926359/ 09206860377 and NFNL, NF3- 09774596931/ NF7-09171230067,” the Philippine Navy said.

The said donations will be transported through available logistic naval vessels, the navy added.

Tropical cyclones ‘Ramon’ and ‘Sarah’ barrel through parts of Cagayan

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon has weakened into a tropical storm after making landfall on Tuesday evening (November 19), state weather service PAGASA said.

Based on the agency’s latest bulletin, ‘Ramon’ was located in the vicinity of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 140 kph while moving Southwest at 15 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 remains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur where stormy weather prevails.

Signal No. 1, meanwhile, prevails over Northern portion of Isabela, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union, and Pangasinan where occasional rains with gusty winds is being experienced.

Tropical storm ‘Ramon’ is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area (LPA) within 24 hours.

Meanwhile, areas in Cagayan under Signal No.1 for tropical depression ‘Sarah’ remains under Signal No. 2 for tropical storm ‘Ramon’ due to the prevailing strong winds.

Based on PAGASA’s 8:00 AM bulletin, TD Sarah was located at 510 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 750 km East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph while moving northwest at 25 kph.

TD Sarah, meanwhile, is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm within 12 hours.

Residents in areas affected by TCWS are advised to take appropriate actions and coordinate with disaster authorities for updates and assistance in case of emergency, especially those living in low-lying areas, coastal towns and areas susceptible to flashfloods and landslides.

Sea travel remains risky especially for small sea vessels over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, as well as the seaboards of southern Isabela, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes, the western seaboards of Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, and the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by the effects of the tropical storm Ramon, tropical depression Sarah and the Northeast Monsoon.

In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will be experienced due to localized thunderstorms.

‘Ramon’ now a severe tropical storm, aims for Northern Cagayan — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Ramon has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it aims for landfall towards northern Cagayan, according to state weather service PAGASA.

Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 PM, the center of the storm is at 125 km East of Aparri, Cagayan with sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 125 kph while moving towards the West-Northwest direction at 10 kph.

It is expected to make landfall between Monday night (November 18) and Tuesday morning (November 19).

Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over the following areas:

  • Cagayan (including the Babuyan Islands)
  • Northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Sto. Tomas, Quezon, Delfino Albano, Tumauini, and Divilacan)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Ilocos Norte

These areas may experience winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph in at least 24 hours, PAGASA warned.

Meanwhile, TCWS No. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • Mountain Province
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • La Union
  • Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan)
  • Rest of Isabela

Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in these areas at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours.

PAGASA advised residents in the said areas to prepare for possible landslides and flashfloods and to monitor updates from PAGASA regarding the current weather system.

Likewise, sea travel remains risky especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the western seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

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