TD Crising aims for Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area tonight or Friday — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   May 13, 2021   •   218

MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) over the Philippine sea east of Davao City has developed into tropical depression ‘Crising’ at 2:00 AM Thursday (May 13), based in the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

On the forecast track, TD Crising is likely to make landfall over Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area between tonight and Friday (May 14) early morning.

Although a slight intensification remains likely, TD Crising is forecast to remain as a tropical depression prior to landfall.

Throughout tomorrow, the tropical depression is expected to traverse the rugged landmass of Mindanao and may emerge over the Sulu Sea on Saturday (May 15) early morning.

It is seen to weaken into a remnant low on Sunday (May 16) early morning.

On Thursday, the state weather agency PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) number 1 over the areas of Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and the eastern portion of Agusan del Sur (Prosperidad, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Santa Josefa, Veruela).

This means, winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours in the affected areas between today and Friday (May 14).

Also under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding and flash floods as well as rain-induced landslides are possible during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

PAGASA also warned that strong breeze to near gale conditions is likely over the localities covered by TWCS No.1 especially in the coastal and mountainous areas of these localities.

In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the eastern seaboard of Mindanao due to the impact of TD Crising.

Mariners of small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over these waters.

Inexperienced mariners of these vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Monsoon rains prevailing over PH – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   June 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said it would be rainy today (June 21) in Luzon as the southwest monsoon or habagat continues to prevail over the region.

Specifically, the weather system is affecting areas of MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan where cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms is being experienced,

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country are also experiencing the effects of Habagat along with localized thunderstorms which bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

Weather authorities advice the general public to be prepared as these conditions may possibly cause flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains and in some areas due to severe thunderstorms.

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.

Sara Duterte tells VP Robredo to ‘refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing’

Marje Pelayo   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA —  Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Monday (June 14) told Vice President Leni Robredo to “refrain from giving advice if she knows nothing about what is happening on the ground.”

This was Mayor Sara’s response to Robredo’s remark about how Davao City could learn from Cebu City as to how it successfully controlled the surge of COVID-19 cases by partnering with the private sector.

Robredo added that the COVID situation in the President’s hometown is quite “alarming.”

The presidential daughter said Robredo should “avoid involving the COVID-19 surge in Davao City in her attempt at politicking.”

“This has been the hallmark of her term as VP, where she puts forth comments on matters and affairs she lacks understanding and knowledge on and does not offer anything helpful to solve a problem,” Duterte-Carpio said in a statement.

She added that Robredo “should not attack the medical community of Davao City as being inactive when they have been silently suffering and working tirelessly to help save lives since March of last year.”

“She should open her eyes to the surge of cases in localities all around the world and she might be able to say that a surge in cases where 85% of the cases are asymptomatic is primarily identified by aggressive testing, coupled with tracing and isolation/quarantining,” she said.

Robredo made her comments after the announcement from 1Sambayan naming her as one of the coalition’s nominees for next year’s election.

Robredo and Duterte-Carpio are among the preferred names for the presidential polls next year.

“There will be a proper time to attack my performance as a [local chief executive] in this pandemic if she dares to run for President,” the younger Duterte said.

To date, Davao City tops the list of local government units with the most new cases of COVID-19 per day for the period of June 5 to 11 based on a report of the OCTA Research group.

Records show that Davao City has an average of 180 new cases per day during the said period followed by Quezon City with an average of 168 new cases per day.

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