By Jel Santos
After storm Signal No. 1 was raised in Metro Manila, the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC) on Monday ordered advertisers to take down their tarpaulins to ensure the safety of the public.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Signal No. 1 in Metro Manila on Monday.
Danilo Lim, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman, said advertising materials along major roads should be rolled down as the typhoon is expected to have moderate to heavy rains and strong to very strong winds in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon.
“In anticipation of typhoon Rosita, we directed billboard owners to take down their tarpaulins, especially the big ones, for the safety of both motorists and commuters,” said Lim, who is also the head of MMDRRMC.
MMDRRMC focal person Michael Salima said advertisers should not wait for the rain to fall, saying the billboards should be quickly removed to avoid possible damage they might cause.
“We do not want to wait for heavy rains to fall before advertisers begin taking down their billboards to avoid the possible damage they might cause.”
Salalima said the MMDA will closely coordinate with MMDRRMC members and disaster management teams of the Metro Manila local government units in monitoring the effects of the typhoon.