Malacañang closely monitoring TD Auring, readies line agencies ahead of landfall
Marje Pelayo • February 22, 2021 • 482
MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has assured that Malacañang is closely monitoring developments in relation to tropical depression Auring especially in areas affected by the weather disturbance.
Roque said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and line government agencies have been providing relief assistance to affected communities.
A total of P1.2 billion in relief stockpiles and standby funds have been readied by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in all its Central Office, Field Offices and National Resource Operations Center.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) has prepositioned more than P19 million worth of medicines, medical supplies, health kits in its Centers for Health Development.
Roque added that the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has already sent its deployable response groups (DRGs) to affected areas to assist in evacuation and /or rescue operations in coordination with the concerned local government units (LGU).
“We ask the public, especially residents of affected areas, to remain vigilant, be prepared and ready for possible evacuation in case their local authorities advise them to do so as a precautionary measure,” the Palace official said while he urged the public to regularly check the latest weather advisories and other information related to the weather system throughout its prevalence.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) BRP Gabriela Silang is off to Surigao today (February 24) to deliver relief supplies to families in the aftermath of tropical depression Auring.
On Tuesday (February 23), PCG personnel loaded boxes of food packs, tents, sleeping kits, and bottles of alcohol aboard the BRP Gabriela Silang as well as BRP Malapascua in preparation for Wednesday’s relief supplies transport mission.
Tropical Depression Auring has affected a total of 13,816 families or 53,236 persons in the regions of Caraga, Davao, and Northern Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported Monday.
In its 8 a.m. situation report, the NDRRMC said that 12,825 families or 49,236 persons of the total affected individuals are currently staying in 308 evacuation centers while others sought shelter with their relatives.
A total of 16,059 families or 59,170 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Regions 7, 8, 10, and Caraga.
A total of 179 houses were damaged in the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur due to the impact of the storm, the agency said.
Five roads and one bridge were reported affected in Regions 8, 11 and Caraga. Two of the affected roads were already passable, the NDRRMC said.
Due to the inclement weather, a total of 40 domestic flights of the Philippine Airlines were cancelled from Friday, February 19 to Monday, February 22.
A total of 2,931 passengers, 857 rolling cargoes, and six vessels were also stranded in ports in Regions 7 and 8 after sea trips were suspended due to the storm.
The NDRRMC also noted that the province of Negros Oriental has suspended classes and work in government on Saturday and Sunday.
Tacloban City also announced the suspension of classes and work in government on Monday while the municipality of Calatrava in Romblon canceled work on Monday, the agency said.
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