Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator, said the warnings are for the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Central Mindanao, Caraga, Cordillera Administration Region (CAR) and the Western, Central and Eastern regions of the Visayas. Boy Santos, File

Government raises flood alert
Jaime Laude (The Philippine Star) - September 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

MANILA, Philippines — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) issued yesterday a general flood warning advisory over the country’s 12 regions due to two weather systems near Coron in Palawan.

Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator, said the warnings are for the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon), Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Central Mindanao, Caraga, Cordillera Administration Region (CAR) and the Western, Central and Eastern regions of the Visayas.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), a low-pressure area embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) was monitored at 115 kilometers west northwest of Coron.

The two weather systems are likely to bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms and the flooding of rivers in the affected areas, which include Metro Manila.

“Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, the Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, ARMM and the provinces of Pangasinan, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Dinagat Islands, Surigao and Agusan del Norte,” the state weather bureau said in its 4 p.m. bulletin.

It added that light rains and thunderstorms are expected over the provinces of Benguet, Ifugao, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Abra.

For the rest of Luzon and Mindanao, PAGASA noted that partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers mostly in the afternoon or evening will be experienced due to localized thunderstorms.

“There will also be possible occasional lightning, strong winds and heavy rains,” the bulletin noted.

Wind in Luzon will be light to moderate from northeast to northwest, while in the Visayas and Mindanao it will also be light to moderate from northwest and southeast.

“People living near mountain slopes and in low-lying areas and the local disaster risk reduction and management councils in these regions are still advised to take the necessary precautionary measures,” Jalad said.   

In issuing the flood warning advisory, Jalad emphasized to all OCD-attached units that it is always better to be proactive rather than conducting or performing rescue operations in times of disaster.

Meanwhile, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urged his parishioners to pray the oratio imperata (obligatory prayer) against calamities in all the masses celebrated from Oct. 1 to 31 before the post communion prayer.

He said with strong typhoons, destructive floods and high intensity earthquakes happening in many different parts of the world, “we turn to the Lord who created everything to deliver us from these calamities.” 

“Prayer has power. Prayer is our power. We trust in the mercy of God,” Villegas added.

People are also asked to pray for God’s deliverance and protection from violence and wars, corruption and sin, criminality as well as selfishness and indifference. – With Rhodina Villanueva, Eva Visperas

Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.