PAGASA: New tropical depression threatens PH as Typhoon Quinta exits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 28, 2020   •   282

MANILA, Philippines  – The low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) has developed into a tropical depression and is expected to enter the country on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Once it enters the country, it will be named ‘Rolly’ and will be the 18th tropical cyclone to hit the country this year.

The weather disturbance, located at 2,070 km east of Central Luzon, is expected to move northwestward or west-northwestward through Thursday, then southwestward by Friday towards the Bicol Region-Eastern Visayas area. 

Currently, it is packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 75 kph. 

The weather agency said it may intensify into a tropical storm in the next three days. 

According to PAGASA, This disturbance is not affecting the weather over any portion of the country at this time.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Molave (formerly Typhoon Quinta) is currently bringing scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Western Visayas.

The Tail-end of a Frontal System is bringing light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Batanes and Cagayan while Metro Manila and the rest of the country are experiencing isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

LPA to bring rains over Bicol, Eastern Visayas

Marje Pelayo   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A low pressure area (LPA) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and is expected to bring rains over some parts of Luzon and the Visayas.

As of 3:00 AM Tuesday (December 1), the LPA is located at 375 km East of Legazpi City, Albay.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the LPA combined with the effects of the Tail-end of a Frontal System (Shear line) is now affecting the eastern section of Southern Luzon, bringing cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over the Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon is currently affecting Northern and Central Luzon specifically over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Aurora, and Quezon, experiencing cloudy skies with light rains.

Monsoon rains will also affect Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon where partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains will be experienced throughout the day.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

The weather agency warns that flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms are possible in these areas,

PAGASA said the LPA remains less likely to become a tropical depression in the next 24 hours.

SSS to provide calamity assistance to members, pensioners in typhoon-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) on Sunday announced that it will open an assistance package for its members and pensioners in areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses.

On its Facebook post, the SSS said the assistance program will be open on 27 November 2020.

The assistance package will include the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP), Three-month Advance Pension for SS and Employees’ Compensation pensioners, and the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan. 

“Applications for CLAP and the Three-month Advance Pension will be open from 27 November 2020 until 26 February 2021. The Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan will be open for one year from the issuance of its corresponding circular,” the advisory added.

The SSS added that it will be coordinating with its media partners and shall utilize its Facebook page for the release of the complete guidelines for the said programs.

The SSS concluded that it “commiserates with everyone who was affected by the said typhoons. It hopes that through the assistance package and its regular benefit programs, it may help its members and pensioners during these difficult times.” —/mbmf

Typhoon Quinta leaves P58-M damage to infrastructure, DPWH says

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Damage to roads and bridges due to the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta in the country has already reached P58 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar noted that the amount is only a partial cost of damage covering Region 2 with P30 million, Region 4-A with P20 million, and Region 5 with P8 million.

Villar also reported that at least 15 road sections remain closed to traffic as of Wednesday morning.

He said DPWH quick response teams are still clearing four road sections in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), four in Region 2, two in Region 3, four in Region 4-A, and one in Region 10.

In CAR, road closures are reported along Kennon Road; Tawang – Ambiong Road,

K0263+900 – K0263+930, Sitio Lower Riverside, Brgy. Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet; Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road K0643+050-K0643+110, Maragmin Section, Calanasan, Apayao; and along Tabuk – Banawe via Tanudan – Barlig Road, K0522+150 – K0522+200, Matteled Section, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga and K0522+200 – K0522+250, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga due to unsafe roadway, road cut, and damaged/sunken pavement.

The Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge, in Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Isabela; intermittent sections of Cadcadir- Kabugao Road; the Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section, k0760+700-k0761+500, Sitio Masi , Brgy. Talat, Rizal, Cagayan; and Manila North Road (MNR) K0590+150 in Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan remain impassable.

DPWH Region 3 reported the ongoing clearing operations along intermittent sections of Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road in San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga; and Candaba – San Miguel Road, K0072+750 – K0072+300, in Paralaya, Candaba, Pampanga.

In Region 4-A, four closed sections are: Batangas Tabangao-Lobo Road K0135+000-K0135+700; Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Unclassified Road at Sitio Manalao, Agoncillo, Batangas; intermittent sections of Tagaytay Taal Lake Road in Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite; and the Indang-Alfonso via Luksuhin Road, K0058+600, Brgy. Mangas II, Ternate, Cavite while the Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon – Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, in Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon also remains impassable.

On the other hand, all road sections in Bicol Region have been cleared and opened following the onslaught of Quinta, Villar said.

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