Davao City braces as TD ‘Ambo’ slightly intensifies

Robie de Guzman   •   May 11, 2020   •   726

The government of Davao City has called on its residents to prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides brought by the onslaught of the tropical depression (TD) ‘Ambo’.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio made the call as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) reported that ‘Ambo’ will bring rains over the regions of Caraga, Davao, Soccsksargen in Mindanao.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin on Monday, PAGASA said ‘Ambo’ has slightly intensified while moving slowly westward over the Philippine Sea.

The state weather bureau said the storm is expected to bring scattered light to moderate with isolated heavy rains during thunderstorms over Mindanao.

“Moderate to rough seas will be experienced on the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental. Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not venture out on these areas,” PAGASA said in its advisory.

Duterte advised residents, especially in landslide- and flashflood-prone areas to take necessary measures and to be on alert for possible evacuation.

She also urged residents to stay indoors and secure their houses ahead of the storm.

“Andamon nato ang atoang mga balay, katong mga areas nga usually magbaha, mag andam sila. Maghulat sila ug tawag sa barangay ug Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office kung magsulti na sila kung kinahanglan mag-evacuate,” Duterte said.

(Let us prepare our homes, especially those in areas that are prone to floods. They should wait for an advisory from their barangay and the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office if they need to evacuate.)

Mayor Sara also said that temporary shelters have been prepared for families who may need to be evacuated from their homes, especially those living in areas identified to be at risk of flooding and landslide.

“Maniid sila pirme sa panghimangno, sa mga warnings, especially katong mga areas nga duol sa sapa nga naga-overflow during heavy rains,” she said.

(They are also advised to be on alert for advisories and warnings, especially those in areas near rivers that overflow during heavy rains.)

The mayor also advised residents to prepare their emergency go bag and to secure their food supplies to weather the incoming storm.

According to PAGASA, TD Ambo was last spotted at 340 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 10 a.m. Monday.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 70 kph as it moves slowly towards the west direction.

On Tuesday morning, ‘Ambo’ is expected to be at 345 km east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the state weather bureau said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Marisol Montaño)

Mark your stargazing calendars! Witness meteor showers, lunar eclipse in May

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Catch the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and the total lunar eclipse in May.

About 20 or more meteors per hour will be seen from the sky as the Earth passes close to the orbit of Halley’s comet, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The meteor shower is usually active between April 19 and May 28 every year.

“The point from where the meteors appear to radiate is located within the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer,” PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, on May 26, a total lunar eclipse will be visible in the Philippine sky. The entire event will be seen in South/East Asia, Australia, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

PAGASA said the eclipse will begin at 4:47 p.m. Philippine Standard Time (PhST) and will end at 9:49 p.m. (PhST).

In Manila, the moon will rise at 6:14 P.M. on 26 May and will set at 4:49 A.M. on 27 May 2021.

The state weather bureau assured that lunar eclipses are safe to watch and observers need not use any kind of protective filters for the eyes. A pair of binocular will help magnify the view and will make the red coloration of the moon brighter. AAC

Davao City offers free COVID-19 swab testing for PUV, delivery service drivers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

The Davao City Government is offering free coronavirus disease (COVID-19) swab testing for public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers and delivery service riders in the city.

Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte signed Executive Order No. 22, Series of 2021, also known as “An Order Providing for Heightened Surveillance and Response of Covid-19 Cases in Public Ground Transport and Delivery Services in Davao City” on April 22, 2021.

Duterte said there is a need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection in public ground transport and delivery services in the city.

“Drivers of public ground transport and delivery or courier services are deemed high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and identified as potential sources of transmission by the City Health Office (CHO), Infectious Disease Specialists, and the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force,” Duterte said.

Based on the executive order, PUV drivers including taxi, tricycle, and motorcycle riders of food and online item delivery services will have access to free COVID-19 swab testing.

However, they will be subjected to quarantine while waiting for their test results.

They must bring a ballpen and driver’s license or any government-issued ID to the testing location. AAC

Gaze into the sky and witness a supermoon on April 27

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hope for clear skies as the full moon on Tuesday (April 27) will be a supermoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The state weather bureau said the moon will appear bigger and brighter than a regular full moon during its peak from 11:22 to 11:32 p.m.

The full moon will have a perigee distance of 357,378 kilometers (km) away from Earth, which is the “closest that the moon comes to the earth in its elliptic orbit.”

PAGASA said the term ‘supermoon’, popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle, is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition. AAC

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