Metro Manila has taken preventive measures against strong winds and rains as Typhoon “Rolly” threatens to batter the Philippines.
From the Palace, President Rodrigo R. Duterte continues to monitor the country’s preparations for the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said on Saturday.
The 17 local government units (LGUs) that comprise the National Capital Region have ordered all ongoing construction activities to temporarily stop, as the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also directed all LGUs to lock all construction cranes used on high-rise buildings in their areas of responsibility.
The LGUs are also directed to coordinate with billboard operators to fold up their billboards, in addition to rolling down all tarpaulins and any other similar materials in their areas.
All government staff involved in disaster preparedness and relief work are also directed to be on duty.
Meanwhile, disaster response and rescue equipment have been pre-positioned in flood prone areas in the region. Relief goods are likewise on standby.
Similarly, tree-cutting crews, road-clearing crews have also been placed on alert for potential road obstructions caused by Rolly.
DUTERTE MONITORING ‘ROLLY’
President Duterte continues to monitor the country’s preparations for the Rolly’s onslaught, Go said.
“Patuloy po ang monitoring namin ni Pangulo sa status ng bagyong ito. Sinisigurado ng Pangulo na laging handa ang mga ahensya na magbigay ng immediate assistance sa mga lugar na maapektuhan ng bagyo (The President and I continue to monitor the status of this typhoon. He is making sure that government agencies are prepared to extend immediate assistance to areas hit by this typhoon),” Go said in a Laging Handa briefing.
He assured that Duterte’s attention is focused on these agencies.
“Ang kanyang gustong mangyari, tuwing may mga ganito ay maibalik kaagad, ma-normalize kaagad ang sitwasyon (What he wants to happen every time a disaster strikes, is for the situation to normalize right away),” Go added.
The Chief Executive is currently in Mindanao.
Go noted that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is also keeping an eye on all developments, down to the barangay level, and is ready to distribute relief goods once the storm has passed.
Since Wednesday, the council has been coordinating with various government agencies and regularly assessing the situation.
Go, meanwhile, asked Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado if LGUs could request additional aid from the executive branch, especially those along the path of the typhoon.
“Dahil sa nangyaring pandemya, karamihan po sa mga LGU ay nagamit na ang calamity fund nila at ang iba po ay, I’m sure, naubos na (Because of the pandemic, many of the LGUs have used their calamity fund. I’m sure some of them have depleted their funds),” he said.
Rolly, expected to be the “world’s strongest typhoon this year,” has maintained its strength as it moves towards the Bicol region.
In its 2 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the eye of the typhoon was located at 410 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes at 1 p.m.
The typhoon packs maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 265 kph, moving west-southwestward at 15 kph. SOVEREIGNPH WITH PNA AND PIA