By Freddie Lazaro
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union — The members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Region 1 (RDRRMC1) have started mobilizing their assets to lessen the possible effect of Super Typhoon Ompong with international name: “Mangkhut” in Northern Luzon.
Director Melchito M. Castro, the chairperson of RDRRMC1, said on Wednesday the units of the Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have started the deployment of their trucks, boats and choppers manned by the soldiers with complete radio communications equipment.
The Region 1 police office headed by Chief Superintendent Romulo E. Sapitula had created an emergency operation center in all provincial police headquarters to house all their assets and radio communications equipment ready for emergency response when there’s a “worse case scenario” during the typhoon.
However, Castro reiterated to the officials of the NOLCOM and the Police Region 1 Office to register to the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Region 1 all the assets before deployment in the Ilocos provinces for proper accounting and documentation.
Castro convened on Wednesday emergency response preparedness meeting of the RDRRMC1 member-agencies, the Regional Incident Management Team (RITM) and the Rapid Emergency Telecommunications Team (RETT) to finalize the contingency plans for the preparation of Typhoon Ompong.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Castro said that Ilocos region is under “red alert” status.
Based on risk assessment on the effect of southwest monsoon to be enhanced by the typhoon in Ilocos region, Castro said the weather disturbance may cause flooding in low lying areas, landslide in the mountainous areas and storm surge near the coastlines of the initially identified areas to be affected.
“I am appealing all the local DRRMCs to closely monitor the situations in their respective local government units (LGUs) to anticipate the effect of the typhoon,” he said.