By Freddie Velez
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan –To ensure the safety of Bulakenyos, the Provincial Government of Bulacan headed by Governor Daniel R. Fernando took immediate action through its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) and declared the cancellation of classes in all levels both in public and private , on Tuesday due to Typhoon “Tisoy.”
Based on Situation Report No. 3 released by the PDRRMO, the province of Bulacan is under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 2, which can be classified under the Alert Level Bravo (Orange Alert) inside the 520 km diameter from the forecast track wherein intermittent to occasional heavy rains and 60 to 120 kph winds can be experienced.
Fernando directed the PDRRMO to conduct Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) immediately to disseminate information among the concerned offices of the PGB.
“Hindi natin kayang kontrolin ang mga sakuna o kalamidad pero kaya nating gawan ng paraan upang matiyak ang kaligtasan ng ating mga kalalawigan. Hinihiling ko ang inyong kooperasyon at pakikipagtulungan upang mapaghandaan nating mabuti ang paparating na bagyong ‘Tisoy’,” the governor said.
On Monday afternoon, 15 families or 56 individuals living along flood prone areas of Barangay Salambao were brought to evacuation centers in Obando town.
The Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office will also manage the Bulacan Sports Complex, which will be used as the evacuation center while the Provincial Engineer’s Office has two trucks and one elf truck on standby for evacuation of people in high-risk areas and to cater to stranded passengers on highways.
As of 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, the eye of Typhoon “Tisoy” was located based on all available data at in the vicinity of San Pascual, Masbate (Burias Island) moving west at 20 kph with a maximum sustained winds of up to 155 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 235 km/h.
Inside the 520km diameter from the forecast track, Bulacan can experience up to 60 to 120 kph winds and intermittent to occasional heavy rains.
As of 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, the water level of Angat Dam was 188.97 meters; Ipo Dam 100.15 meters, spilling level is 101.00 meters, while the Bustos Dam was 17.54 meters above the spilling level of 17.50 meters.
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