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Typhoon Ompong enters the Philippine area of responsibility

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Source: Meteorological Satellite Center of JMA www.data.jma.go.jp

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) has now entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

As of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday (September 12), weather bureau PAGASA located the eye of the cyclone at 1,165km east of Virac, Catanduanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gustiness of up to 255kph.

It is moving westward at the speed of 20kph.

PAGASA said the southwest monsoon or habagat is now affecting southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Palawan, Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao while isolated rain showers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

The eye of typhoon Ompong is expected to make landfall somewhere in Cagayan or in the Babuyan group of islands by Saturday (September 15).

However, since the diameter of the typhoon measures at 900km wide, it is expected to affect and bring torrential rains and strong winds to the northern and most parts of Central Luzon.

Storm surges estimated to reach up to six meters are expected along the coast of eastern and northern Cagayan. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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TD ‘Usman’ enters PAR, threatens Eastern Visayas

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Satellite imagery as of December 25 (5:20 p.m PHT) | PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – As of 3:00 pm, weather bureau PAGASA has monitored tropical depression ‘Usman’ at  955km east of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur packed with maximum sustained winds of 45km/h and gustiness of 65km/h.

It moves in the northwest direction at 20km/h.

PAGASA said, warning signals in some parts of the country will be raised tomorrow (December 26).

Based on PAGASA’s forecast, tropical depression Usman is expected to make landfall somewhere in Eastern Visayas on Friday, December 28.

‘Usman’ is the 21st tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine area of responsibility in 2018. – Rey Pelayo

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LPA likely to enter PAR on Wednesday

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Satellite imagery as of December 18, 2018 10:30 a.m. | PAGASA

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A low pressure area (LPA) is likely to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday (December 19).

Weather agency PAGASA monitors the LPA at 1,465 kilometers east of Mindanao.

Once it enters PAR, the agency said the new LPA will directly affect the entire Mindanao region.

Currently, according to PAGASA, the trough of the LPA is affecting the areas of Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani.

Isolated rains and thunderstorms will be experienced in the said areas.

Meanwhile, the northeast monsoon or amihan is currently affecting Luzon where fair weather and occasional rains will be experienced.

Thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country. – Rey Pelayo

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BOC donates smuggled clothes and shoes to Ompong victims

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has officially turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) the smuggled clothes, blankets and footwear that were confiscated by the agency from various ports in the country.

The items will be donated to victims of Typhoon Ompong which hammered Northern Luzon in September.

This is in accordance with the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to help indigent members of the community and put smuggled products to good use.

Some of the clothes donated by BOC and DSWD are second-hand. Under the Republic Act 4653, the commercial importation of second-hand clothing is prohibited.

But according to the BOC, these are still eligible for donation through the deed of donation.

The items, however, have to go through disinfection first to prevent any health risks that may arise from such goods.

“This can also be subjected to fumigation process pa. Para mas makasiguro pa, we add another layer that this will really be safe for use ng kanyang intended recipient,” Port of Manila district collector, Atty.Erastus Sandino Austria said.

Among the items to be donated are 32 bales of second-hand clothes; 5 bales of brand new t-shirts; and 32 boxes of new shoes.

DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo said, “Upon arrival of the donations it should go directly to the beneficiaries. It will not stay long in our warehouse it will not stay long in anybody’s place.”

This is the sixth time that the BOC has donated seized items to the DSWD.

Other than clothes and footwear, previous donations to calamity victims included rice and other food items. — Joan Nano

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