SEC. EDUARDO M. AÑO
In view of the projected entry of Typhoon Tisoy in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between today and tomorrow, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is directing all concerned local chief executives to be present in their respective localities to personally oversee disaster management operations.
As head of their respective Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, governors, mayors, and punong barangays are expected to be in their respective stations to man the incident command center and vigilantly monitor the situation on the ground. Local Chief Executives must have convened their respective councils by now as provided in the Operation Listo protocols.
As Tisoy is expected to bring heavy rainfall to several parts of the country and storm surge of up to 3 meters in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes, LGUs must keep an eye on sea levels as well as the level of river waters and settlements in low-lying areas or near riverbanks which have experienced recent and repeated flooding as well as those at the base of sliding slopes or ridges and areas identified as very high/critical landslide zone.
As the safety of our people is of paramount importance, local execs in coordination with local police and fire/emergency response authorities should, therefore, carry out preemptive or forced evacuation in areas with very high susceptibility to storm surge, flood and landslide, if necessary.
During this period, local authorities should also restrict or ban tourist activities such as mountaineering, surfing, hiking, diving within their areas of jurisdiction. Small-scale miners should also be advised to stay in safer grounds and avoid any mining activities for the time being.
It is also essential to ensure that communication lines are working in order to regularly inform local communities of situation updates and preparedness actions of the localities and to advise the national government on what assistance it could provide to affected communities.
Local execs are also urged to continuously monitor all PAGASA weather advisories and typhoon bulletins for guidance and carry out early and critical preparedness actions indicated in the DILG’s Operation Listo, a checklist for LGUs on what to do during, before and after a typhoon.