By Genalyn Kabiling
The government has urged the public to stay safe at home and pray as the country braces for the entry of a potential super typhoon.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said the government has readied funds and relief supplies in preparation for the storm but has also asked the public to stay vigilant.
“Pinapaalalahanan po namin ang publiko na maging alerto at ligtas sa paparating na bagyo [We are reminding the public to stay alert and safety amid the approaching storm],” Roque said during a Palace news conference.
“Sa ating mga kababayan po na wala namang gagawin sa labas ay mangyaring manatili na lamang po sa kani-kanilang mga bahay at huwag gumala para sa inyong kaligtasan. Ipanalangin po natin ang kaligtasan ng lahat [To our countrymen who have nothing to do outdoors to just stay in their houses and not venture outside for their safety. Let’s pray for everyone’s safety],” he added.
Citing information from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA), Roque said the typhoon Mangkhut was expected to enter the country’s area of responsibility Wednesday afternoon and would be locally named Ompong.
Based on the latest update ng National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Roque said the government has readied standby funds, food packs and other relief assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“As I speak, there is an ongoing pre-disaster risk assessment meeting now to ensure the orchestrated response of the government to Typhoon Mangkhut,” he said.
Roque encouraged Filipinos to keep tabs on storm updates from the government and know the evacuation plans in their area
He said they should also prepare their disaster supply kit including food, water, portable radio, flashlight and first-aid supplies.
“Iwasan rin po natin ang mga mababang lugar, pampang, bangin at paanan ng burol at bundok [Let’s avoid low-lying areas, river banks, cliffs, and mountains,” he said.