Bagyong Ambo, napanatili ang lakas; Signal#2 nakataas sa Metro Manila
Marje Pelayo • May 15, 2020 • 551
MANILA, Philippines — Ang mata ng bagyong Ambo ay patuloy na nagdudulot ng mapaminsalang hangin at malakas na pag-ulan sa mga lugar sa Bondoc Peninsula sa Southern Quezon at Burias Island, ayon sa weather bulletin ng PAGASA ngayong ika-8:00 ng umaga, Biernes (May 15).
Katamtaman hanggang sa malalakas na pag-ulan ay mararanasan sa maghapon sa mga lugar ng:
Bicol Region, Quezon, Aurora, Marinduque, Laguna, Rizal, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, at Quirino.
Asahan din ang mga pagbaha at posibleng landslides dulot ng tuloy-tuloy na pagulan.
Samantala, inaasahan sa susunod na 24 oras ay posibleng magkaroon ng hanggang 2 metrong taas ng storm surge sa baybayin ng Bicol Region, Quezon, at Aurora kaya pinapayuhan ang mga residente na malapit sa mga baybayin na maghanda at magingat sa posibleng panganib.
Ala-7:00 ng umaga ng Biernes ay namataan ang mata ng Bagyong Ambo sa baybayin ng San Andres, Quezon.
Taglay nito ang lakas ng hangin na aabot sa 125 km/h malapit sa gitna at pagbugso na aabot sa 165 km/h at kumikilos sa direksyong hilaga-kanluran sa bilis na 15 km/h.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #3:
Kanlurang bahagi ng Camarines Sur
Dulong bahagi ng Kanluran ng Camarines Norte
Silangang bahagi ng Quezon
Silangang bahagi ng Laguna
Makararanas sa mga lugar na ito ng malakas at mapaminsalang hangin habang dumadaan ang mata ng bagyo.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2:
Timog-silangang bahagi ng Pangasinan
Nalalabing bahagi ng Laguna, Quezon
Kanlurang bahagi ng Masbate kabilang ang Ticao Island
Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Norte
Nalalabing bahagi ng Camarines Sur
Timugang bahagi ng Catanduanes
Silangang bahagi ng Romblon
Makararanas sa mga lugar na ito ng matataas na alon at mapaminsalang hangin habang dumadaan ang mata ng bagyo.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1:
Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
Nalalabing bahagi ng Pangasinan
Nalalabing bahagi ng Catanduanes
Nalalabing bahagi ng Masbate
Nalalabing bahagi ng Romblon
Dulong hilaga-silangang bahagi ng Capiz
Kanlurang bahagi ng Northern Samar
Makararanas sa mga lugar na ito ng malakas na hangin na posibleng magdulot ng matataas na alon habang dumadaan ang mata ng bagyo.
Pinapayuhan ang mga residente sa mga apektadong lugar na mag-ingat at palaging mag-monitor sa mga paalala ng PAGASA.
Gayundin ay laging makipagugnayan sa local disaster risk reduction and management offices para sa kaukulang paghahanda.
MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila may return to stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) if the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation worsens in the capital region.
In a televised press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government may possibly reimpose ECQ on Metro Manila if hospitals in the region hit maximum capacity due to surge in COVID-19 cases.
“Pag lumala talaga, at mawalan tayo ng critical care capacity o di kaya ay case doubling rate ay bumalik sa dati na napakabilis, wala po tayong alternatibo,” he said.
“Yun nga po ang pinapakiusap sa ating kababayan, pag tayo bumalik sa mas estriktong quarantine, baka wala na po tayong hanapbuhay na pwedeng gawin,” he added.
Roque issued the statement after the country recorded a record-high 2,434 additional cases on Sunday, bringing the total cases to 44,254. Most of these infections were reported in Metro Manila.
Metro Manila is currently under general community quarantine where public transport and some business sectors have been allowed to resume operations at a limited capacity.
It was previously placed under ECQ for more than two months.
The Department of Health earlier said that the spike in infections was due to increased physical contact of the public following the easing of quarantine restrictions.
But Roque said the government had no choice but to loosen the quarantine measures in order to revitalize the economy.
“Wala naman tayong alternatibo kundi magbukas ng ekonomiya… Kung di pa po natin mabubuksan, mamya buhay nga tayo, mamatay naman tayo dahil wala tayong hanapbuhay,” he said.
The Palace official, meanwhile, belied reports that hospitals in Metro Manila have reached full capacity amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Roque said that as of July 5, Metro Manila’s critical care utilization is still at 63 percent or moderate risk level.
He also clarified that many hospitals have yet to breach the 30 percent hospital bed capacity for coronavirus patients.
“Nililinaw po namin na yung mga kumakalat na fake news na ubos na raw po ang hospital beds sa ating mga ospital, di po yan totoo,” he said.
Roque also revealed that Health Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega has been designated to head the Hospital One Incident Command which will determine the critical care utilization and hospital care capacity rate. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu City until July 15, 2020.
The President noted the “stubbornness” of its residents despite strict government protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19. He cited the situation in Talisay City where people tend to ignore social distancing protocols, with some even engaging in drinking sprees and gambling.
“Ayaw ninyo maniwala, bakit marami? One of the reasons — even without consulting the Body— because you did not follow rules,” President Duterte said.
“You have the highest. Cebu is now the new hotspot for COVID-19. Bakit? Marami sa inyo ay hindi sumusunod,” he added.
The President expressed concern over the situations in Cebu City which he hopes will improve through the supervision of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the following areas will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) until July 15:
Talisay City, Minglanilla and Consolacion Municipalities in Cebu Province
The President commended the response of residents in the said areas to the government-imposed protocols which helped slow down the rate of COVID-19 infection.
“You know Manila, maraming tao but because sumunod nila — with few violations thereabout— we here in Manila have a good chance of at least avoiding it,” he said.
To save the economy, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguz recommended to the President the further relaxing of quarantine measures in Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region.
The rest of the country, meanwhile, will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) specifically those identified as moderate and low risk areas where localized community quarantine and minimum health standards may strictly be observed. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Tuesday assured it will continue to provide assistance to individuals who are stranded in Metro Manila due to coronavirus quarantine measures.
“DSWD will continue to coordinate with local government units and concerned agencies to determine and provide appropriate interventions and assistance to LSIs (locally-stranded individuals) in Metro Manila,” the agency said in a statement on Monday night.
The department said that on June 17, it provided financial assistance, through its Field Office National Capital Region (FO-NCR), to around 500 LSIs currently staying in Pier 4 in North Port, Manila.
Most of the LSIs who received aid under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program were stranded workers, students and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who were unable to return to their provinces amid the coronavirus crisis.
The DSWD also reported that LSIs temporarily staying in the facility of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City have also received financial aid on June 19.
Officers of the DSWD FO also went to the Philippine Coast Guard Gymnasium, Eva Macapagal Port Area in Manila to distribute Family Food Packs (FFPs), sleeping kits, and sanitation kits for OFWs stranded in Pier 15, South Port.
Earlier, the department also provided financial assistance and non-food items to LSIs staying at the Villamor Airbase Elementary School and at the Philippine State College of Aeronautics in Pasay City.
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