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Pampanga lines up disaster preparedness activities

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—The city government here has lined up various activities on disaster preparedness and mitigation as part of its continuing campaign towards building disaster-resilient communities.

The move is also in line with the celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month 2019 with the theme, “Kahandaan sa Sakuna’t Peligro para sa Tunay na Pagbabago”.

“We have to instill to the community, particularly the youth, disaster preparedness. Lagi ko ngang sinasabi na walang pinipiling edad o anuman ang mga kalamidad, kaya napakahalaga na tayong lahat ay handa sakaling tamaan tayo (I have been saying that calamities choose no age limit nor any matter, thus it is very important that we are ready in case we are hit),” said Mayor Edwin Santiago during a media conference held on Thursday at the Heroes Hall Amphitheatre here.

Santiago, who is also the chairperson of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council, said the local government has various plans and programs to prevent massive floods in the city and to strengthen its information and education campaign on disaster vigilance.

“Through our CDRRM (City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management), there are programs that were laid down in order to intensify our disaster preparedness campaign. The key is proper planning. There is a need to analyze what and where the council should focus in order to maintain the security and safety of the city,” he said.

The mayor also urged the public to cooperate with and support the local government’s actions towards a disaster-resilient community.

“We are doing our part to involve everyone in our programs, but we also need the cooperation of the citizens,” he said.

Meanwhile, CDRRM officer Raymond Del Rosario discussed the month-long activities which focus on the involvement of the public in order to achieve disaster awareness.

The celebration will kick-off on July 5, through an NDRRM motorcade which will start at SM Telabastagan, followed by a thanksgiving mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Damayan Homeowners Association in the city will undergo a basic disaster preparedness seminar on July 8.

Back-to-back activities are slated on July 11 as the city will launch its first-ever DRRM Big Book which consists of disaster preparedness tips for students, to be followed by a resiliency forum for communities.

On July 12, city government employees will attend a resiliency forum.

An emergency response capability static display and disaster preparedness orientation will also be held on July 15-17 at the Robinson’s Starmills Pampanga.

Meanwhile, members of the LDRRM Council will have a Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDANA) training on July 16-19.

An earthquake drill and flood evacuation seminar will be conducted on July 18, while the Sining Kahandaan Year 6 will take place on July 19.

On July 21, the annual “SAFRUN” or disaster preparedness run will be held.

The city will also receive an award from the Office of Civil Defense and RDRRMC during the Regional Gawad Kalasag on July 26.

Meanwhile, an earthquake and fire drill will take place on July 30.

The participants of this year’s Joint Fire and Rescue Olympics, on the other hand, will convene in a disaster preparedness assembly on July 29-31.

The month-long celebration will culminate on August 2, as the city holds a Rescue Olympics for schools. (PNA)

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Severe Weather Bulletin #1 for Tropical Depression “Jenny”

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SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN #01
FOR: TROPICAL DEPRESSION “#JennyPH
TROPICAL CYCLONE: WARNING
ISSUED AT 5:00 PM, 26 August 2019
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today)

THE LOW PRESSURE EAST OF VIRAC, CATANDUANES HAS DEVELOPED INTO TROPICAL DEPRESSION AND WAS NAMED “JENNY”.

•Between today and tomorrow (27 August) afternoon, “JENNY” will bring light to moderate rains with intermittent heavy rains over Caraga, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol Region.
•Between tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday (28 August) afternoon, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, northern Aurora, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the rest of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.
•Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
•Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 may be raised over Ilocos Norte, Babuyan Islands, and the rest of Pangasinan in the next Severe Weather Bulletin.
•Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS due to potentially rough sea conditions.

Location of eye/center At 4:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “JENNY” was estimated based on all available data at 670 km East of Virac, Catanduanes(14.2°N, 130.4°E).
Strength: Maximum winds of up to 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.
Movement: Moving Northwest at 25 km/h.

Forecast Positions
•24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 370 km East of Baler, Aurora(15.8°N, 125.0°E)
•48 Hour(Wednesday afternoon):160 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur(17.3°N, 118.9°E)
•72 Hour(Thursday afternoon): 455 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(18.6°N, 116.3°E)
•96 Hour(Friday afternoon):935 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(20.0°N, 111.9°E)
•120 Hour(Saturday afternoon):1,145 km West of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(21.4°N, 111.0°E)

TROPICAL CYCLONE WIND SIGNAL

TCWS#1 (30-60 km/h Expected in 36 hours)
Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, eastern portion of Pangasinan, northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Island, and Catanduanes

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.

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Chinese survey ship spotted in PH exclusive economic zone

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MANILA – A Chinese survey ship that was seen earlier this month sailing east of the Philippines was spotted once again inside the Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ), maritime experts have confirmed.

Chinese oceanographic survey ship “Zhangjian” entered the Philippines’ EEZ, said Ryan Martinson, Assistant Professor of the Chinese Maritime Studies Institute at the US Naval War College who posted the ship’s position on Twitter.

Professor Jay Batongbacal, Director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, and Jess Floren of the Karagatan Patrol confirmed the ship’s presence in the country’s EEZ.

The survey ship Zhangjian was tracked making grid-like, back-and-forth movements in the Philippine Sea for days, a movement the experts suggest was indicative of scientific exploration.

The grid-like maneuvers, however, took place just outside the Philippines’ EEZ, which is not violative of Philippine maritime rights ABS-CBN News reports.

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New low pressure area enters PAR

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MANILA—A new low-pressure area (LPA) entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The weather disturbance was spotted 975 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar and is moving in a northwest direction, weather specialist Ariel Rojas said.

The LPA has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone, but will bring rains over the eastern part of the country, he added.

The LPA’s trough or extension will bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or habagat, which continues to prevail over the western section of northern Luzon, will bring isolated rain showers over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Source: ABS-CBN News)

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