MISAMIS Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano has ordered the provincial disaster office to be on alert as moderate to heavy downpour is still expected due to weather disturbances that affect the province.
Fernando Dy Jr., head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), said they were instructed by the governor to continuously monitor the weather and be on standby 24/7.
Dy said the province will not be affected by the “rainband” of Typhoon “Mangkhut” or “Ompong” as it would cross over the Luzon areas.
“Dili ta maigo sa rainband sa bagyo kay iyang track kay Luzon areas man ug wala pa ta nagpaubos og alert level kay gahulat pud ta sa mga advisories sa Pagasa (We will not be hit by the typhoon's rainband because its track is in Luzon area, but we are also waiting for Pagasa advisories to declare our alert level),” he said.
Dy said the moderate to heavy rains that the province is experiencing mostly in the afternoon is due to localized thunderstorms that may last for several days.
“Taod-taod pa gyud ning masinati nato nga mga pag-ulan tungod sa localized thunderstorms kay baga-baga pa man ang southwest monsoon (Rainy season will take awhile because of the localized thunderstorms and the southwest monsoon),” Dy added.
However, he said responders and rescue assets have already been mobilized to respond to any situation that may arise while the typhoon is in the country.
The PDRRMO head also urged residents to be vigilant, implement own safety measures and follow instructions from the authorities.
“Ang (The) instruction ni (of) Gov. Bambi (Emano) is to keep him informed at all times and monitor 24/7. Responders must also be on standby,” Dy said.