THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has alerted all its units in northern Luzon, which is expected to be hit by Typhoon Rosita (Yutu).
“I have alerted the regional directors of the Ilocos-Pangasinan Region, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera to activate their respective disaster response implementing plans in coordination with LGUs and DRRMC (Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) agencies in anticipation of possible destructive effects of Typhoon Rosita that is expected to cut across northern Luzon this week,” PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde said Monday, October 29.
“We have likewise alerted our specialized search and rescue units, as well as our augmentation force from the nearby regions to be on standby to provide necessary support when needed,” he added.
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) was placed on red alert status to ensure the availability of operations alert teams to respond on emergencies 24/7.
It said local DRRMC in locos, Cagayan, Central Luzon and Cordillera regions were also on red alert status.
The NDRRMC also said they are in close coordination with other concerned government agencies, such as Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Interior and Local Government.
Pagasa said Typhoon Rosita was last spotted 510 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, or 475 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, with maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 210 kilometers per hour.
The typhoon is moving west southwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
In a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday, October 29, Pagasa said Rosita is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning, October 30, in Isabela province.
Pagasa said light to moderate and possible heavy rains may also be experienced in Luzon and Central Luzon on Monday evening.
The weather bureau also urged the residents in Aurora and Isabela to be vigilant against strong winds and heavy rains, as well as two to three meters of storm surges.
Storm Warning Signal number 3 was hoisted in Isabela, Quirino and Northern Aurora, while Signal number 2 was raised in other parts of Aurora, Polillo Island, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet and Nueva Vizcaya.
Signal number 1 was up in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Abra, Apayao, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Northern part of Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Zambales, Cavite and Camarines Norte.
Typhoon Rosita is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday evening, October 31. (SunStar Philippines)