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Visayas braces for La Niña

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016


CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA) calls on the public’s attention regarding preparation for the imminent La Nina phenomenon.

After El Nino gripped the country with drought particularly in Cebu for six months, La Niña phenomenon is expected to bring torrential rain this time.

La Niña will bring excessive rainfall that will bring typhoons, flash floods and landslides that will possibly cause water born disease like cholera and leptospirosis.

As preparation, the weather bureau encourages everyone to clean gutters and creeks to avoid clogs.

PAGASA Visayas Director, Engr. Oscar Tabada, said that the bureau is also preparing for the nearing occurrence of La Nina, “Tataasan, palalakasin ang ating early warning system so before dumating ang bagyo, before dumating ang malakas na ulan, may alam na kayo para mabantayan ninyo” Tabada said.

Also, Engr. Tabada appeals to local government units to boost information, education and communication campaigns about La Niña phenomenon in barangays and schools.

A La Niña caravan will be held in the whole province in the coming months, included to the information dissemination project is giving leaflets and brochures about preparations and emergency readiness.

According to Engr. Tabada, this year’s La Niña will impose greater damage.

The incoming phenomenon will take place in the month of July and expected to last until next year.

(Gladys Toabi/UNTV News)

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Expect good weather on election day – PAGASA

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or shine, the 2019 midterm elections will push through on Monday (May 13).

State weather bureau PAGASA thus reminds the public to bring anything necessary to keep protected from the scorching heat or the possible downpour while queuing at polling precincts.

According to the forecast, the Northern and Central Luzon will experience good weather with higher temperatures expected in areas of Dagupan City, Tuguegarao City, and Isabela.

Heat index in said areas may soar to up to 40 °C so the public is advised to drink and bring plenty of water to avoid dehydration or heat stroke.

“Back doon sa fair weather and then mainit na temperature lalo na sa tanghali,” warned DOST-PAGASA Weather Specialist Benison Estareja.

It is also advisable to wear lightweight and light-colored clothes to remain comfortable.

Meanwhile, PAGASA advises residents in large areas in Visayas and Mindanao as the Intertropical Convergence Zone or ITCZ is expected to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in the said areas on election day on Monday.

Residents in low-lying areas are advised to wear their most comfortable rain gear and boots to prevent contraction of water-borne diseases such as leptospirosis.

Voters are advised to bring their own food as it is prohibited to accept money and even food items from election candidates.

Based on the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) contingency plan, members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will have to ensure that no one remains inside the polling precincts in the event of an earthquake.

The Board of Election Inspectors (BOI), meanwhile, will have to secure the vote counting machines and election ballots in cases of emergencies.

“What do you do with the ballots that are already on the tables? They cannot be brought out certainly. The police are under instruction to secure the polling place if, for instance, the VCMs cannot be taken out or the VCMs cannot be protected then the school is locked down,” explained Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez.

Jimenez clarified, however, that in the event of calamities, the poll body can always declare a failure of election depending on the extent of its effects. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Heat index soars to highest 52.2 °C in Catanduanes

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The town of Virac in Catanduanes experienced the highest heat index so far this year at 52.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday afternoon (May 8).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) noted that said temperature index surpassed the previous record of 51.7 °C in Dagupan City in Pangasinan last April 9.

Heat index is the “apparent temperature or what humans perceive or feel as the temperature affecting the body,” according to PAGASA.

According to PAGASA’s heat index or human discomfort index matrix, a heat index of 41°C or higher is considered “dangerous” which can lead to heat stroke.

Other areas in the country that recorded a heat index within dangerous levels are as follows:

Guiuan, Eastern Samar – 50.4 °C
Calapan, Oriental Mindoro – 46.4 °C
Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte – 44.9 °C
Surigao City, Surigao del Norte – 43.9 °C
Roxas City, Capiz – 43.6 °C
San Jose City, Occidental Mindoro – 43.2 °C
Legaspi City, Albay – 43.1 °C
Mactan, Cebu – 42.7 °C
Ambulong, Batangas – 42.6 °C
Catarman, Northern Samar – 42.6 °C
Maasin, Southern Leyte – 42.3 °C
Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur – 42.3 °C
Cayo, Palawan – 42 °C
Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur – 42 °C
Tayabas City, Quezon – 41.8 °C
Catbalogan, Western Samar – 41.6 °C
Butuan City, Agusan del Norte – 41.4 °C
Pasay City, Metro Manila – 41.4 °C
Sangley Point, Cavite – 41.2 °C
Davao City, Davao del Sur – 41 °C

The state weather bureau advised the public to refrain from prolonged exposure to sunlight and keep hydrated to avoid heat stroke and wear lightweight and light-colored clothing to remain comfortable. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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PAGASA monitors three low pressure areas

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau PAGASA is currently monitoring the movement of two low pressure areas (LPA) within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and another outside PAR.

One is located about 195kph southwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur which the agency expects to bring scattered rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger floods and landslides.

The agency, meanwhile, noted that the other LPA, spotted at a distance of 335 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, will not yet directly affect any part of the country.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said that the third LPA located at 1,120 kilometers east of Mindanao is also expected to enter PAR.

The weather agency clarified, however, that there is slim chance that any of the three LPAs would develop into tropical cyclone.

Despite occasional rains, there are still 17 areas across the country which are experiencing drought specifically areas in Bicol and Eastern Visayas. –Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)  

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