THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) is bracing its troops and line units for disaster response and assistance to be provided to the affected residents due to Tropical Depression (TD) "Basyang".
Eastmincom Public Information Office (PIO) Major Ezra Balagtey said all its line units have been alerted and prepositioned to respond for any eventualities that may occur in the aftermath of the tropical depression.
“Eastern Mindanao Command on Monday February 12, 2018 put its units on red alert particularly in areas expected to be hit by Tropical Depression (TD) ‘Basyang’,” Balgtey said.
Eastmincom Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. likewise ordered the military units to work together with the local government unit (LGU) in monitoring affected areas in case of emergency situations.
“EMC Commander Lieutenant General Benjamin R. Madrigal Jr. has directed his units to prepare, plan and coordinate with different Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMC) for the impending land fall of Basyang that is expected to hit North Eastern Mindanao,” Madrigal said.
"We have to coordinate with LDRRMC to mitigate the effects by assisting them in the conduct of evacuation. Likewise, we have to prepare for the after effect as it is expected to bring high level of rainfall which might cause danger to the different communities," Madrigal added.
Based on the severe weather bulletin #13 for Tropical Depression #BasyangPH Tropical Cyclone warning issued at 11:00 a.m. on February 13,
#BasyangPH has made landfall in Cortes, Surigao del Sur and has weakened into a tropical depression. The public is expected to experience scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains in the next 24 hours over Palawan, Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, and Zamboanga Peninsula.
Meanwhile, scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Bicol Region and the rest of Mimaropa of Mindanao.
“Residents of these areas must continue monitoring for updates, take appropriate measures against possible flooding and landslides, and coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices,” the advisory said.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on February 13, 2018.
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