TD Lannie moves over El Nido Bay; Signal No. 1 up in northern portion of Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 5, 2021   •   229

MANILA, Philippines—Tropical Depression Lannie is bound to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday (October 6) as it moves over El Nido Bay.

In PAGASA’s 8:00 a.m. bulletin, the center of TD Lannie was estimated to be over the coastal waters of El Nido, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

Moderate to heavy rains are likely over Palawan including Calamian, Kalayaan, and Cuyo Islands. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 1 is raised in the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli) including Calamian Islands.

The state weather bureau forecasts that Lannie will continue tracking northwestward and west northwestward over the West Philippine Sea away from the country until Wednesday.

“It will likely exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow afternoon or evening,” PAGASA said in its weather bulletin.

Outside the PAR region, Lannie is forecast to turn north northwestward towards southern mainland China or Hainan Island. Lannie is also estimated to intensify into a tropical storm Wednesday morning as it nears the border of the PAR. AAC

Duterte to inaugurate expanded Puerto Princesa Port in Palawan

Robie de Guzman   •   November 3, 2021

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to inaugurate the completed expansion project at the Puerto Princesa Port in Palawan on Thursday, Nov. 4, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

In a statement, the DOTr said the expansion project, which includes the construction of an additional back-up area, was completed on July 20 despite the pandemic.

“The project was carried out to make the port more productive, particularly its long-haul connection to Metro Manila and planned connectivity to the island of Mindoro via the Port of Bulalacao,” the department said.

For the past five years, the DOTR said that the Puerto Princesa Port underwent several expansions and necessary improvements as it serves as the province’s primary maritime gateway for commerce, trade, and tourism.

Around 1,500 international and local vessels call at Puerto Princesa Port per year while around 200,000 passengers use the port annually, including almost 6,000 cruise-tourism passengers. It also handles approximately 1.7 metric tons of cargoes.

The DOTr said the expansion of the Puerto Princesa Port forms part of the 472 commercial and social-tourism projects completed by the DOTr and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) nationwide since the Duterte administration took over in 2016, resulting in improved maritime connectivity and mobility in the entire archipelago.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade previously inaugurated several completed Palawan port projects in the Port of San Fernando in El Nido, Port of Bataraza in Barangay Buliluyan, and Borac Port in Coron, linking the island province to other parts of the country and nearby countries.

The completed seaport projects, under the massive Build, Build, Build program of the Duterte administration, are expected to generate employment for locals and usher economic and tourism growth as the country recovers from the pandemic.

Duterte will be joined by Tugade, and PPA General Manager Jay Santiago during the inauguration.

Expect colder days as PAGASA announces onset of amihan season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Expect colder days ahead after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the onset of northeast monsoon or amihan season in the country.

PAGASA also observed gradual cooling of the surface air temperature over the northeastern part of Luzon.

“For the past several days, strong to gale-force northeasterly winds have prevailed over Northern Luzon due to the strengthening of the high-pressure system over Siberia and enhanced by passing of low- pressure areas (LPAs),” according to PAGASA

Surges of cold temperatures may also be expected in the coming months, the state weather bureau added.

Meanwhile, with the on-going La Niña, NE monsoon rainfall may be enhanced and could trigger floods, flash floods, and rain-induced landslides over susceptible areas. PAGASA reminded local government units and the public to take precautionary measures. AAC

ITCZ brings scattered rainshowers, thunderstorms over parts of Luzon, Visayas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao will continue to bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms,  the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Monday.

Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas. The state weather bureau warned possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains.

Cagayan Valley and Aurora will likewise have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms, while the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. AAC

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