Philippines

Bicol LGUs told to step up info warnings on ‘Ulysses’

By Priam Nepomuceno and Christopher Lloyd Caliwan  

WET WEDNESDAY. Rains start to pour outside a public market in Legazpi City, Albay on Wednesday (Nov. 11, 2020). The NDRRMC has advised Bicol’s LGUs to step up disaster warning information dissemination efforts ahead of the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Ulysses. (PNA photo by Connie Calipay)

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday reminded local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region to boost information dissemination among residents ahead of the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Ulysses. 

“Our preparations for ‘Ulysses’ are now in full swing. We have been sending warning messages since last night to ensure that communities with signal(s) can be warned in advance,” NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said in a message.

Timbal said sea travel has been suspended due to the tropical cyclone.

“And for Bicol areas na walang (with no network) signal, we reminded the LGUs to step up the warning dissemination para lahat ay mabigyang babala (so warning would reach everyone),” he added.

Meanwhile, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) advised all concerned LGUs to implement Oplan Listo protocols and brace for the storm’s impact.

The public has been urged to abide by the LGUs’ preemptive evacuation procedures, especially in low-lying areas, as “Ulysses” is expected to make landfall soon.

The DILG, with the rest of the NDRRMC, said it expects the citizens’ participation, cooperation, and discipline in preparation for the adverse effects of “Ulysses”.

The LGUs have been directed to establish critical preparedness actions, carry out Operation Listo protocols, and implement DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-125 – LISTO SA TAG-ULAN AT COVID-19: Preparedness Measures of LGUs for the Rainy Season CY 2020, and prioritize the prepositioning of supplies, equipment, and personnel for immediate response.

They have also been directed to activate their barangay DRRMCs for early warning measures and vigilant monitoring of areas susceptible to flood and storm surges.

Persistent information dissemination using all media platforms has been encouraged to ensure that the public is updated on the effects of the tropical cyclone. (PNA)

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