Editorial: Preparing for ‘Mawar’ a.k.a. ‘Betty’

Editorial Cartoon by Enrico Santisas
Editorial Cartoon by Enrico Santisas

Everyone must not act complacent after hearing the state weather bureau say that Mawar, the international name for the super typhoon that recently battered United States territory Guam, will not make landfall in the Philippines.

Mawar becomes Betty when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, either on Friday night, May 26, 2023, or early Saturday, May 27.

But the typhoon’s name does not matter.

Regardless of the typhoon’s name, it is the country’s preparation for the weather disturbance that matters because the super typhoon could enhance the existing Habagat, bringing rain showers to most parts of the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Thursday, May 25.

Local government units must prepare for flooding and landslides, and must not dismiss Pagasa’s announcements and warnings.

The importance of proactive measures and community readiness cannot be overstated.

The impending typhoon serves as a reminder of the need to prepare for the potential devastation that can accompany such natural disasters.

And staying informed is the best weapon for Filipinos in times of an impending weather disturbance.


Informed individuals are empowered to make informed decisions regarding evacuation, securing their homes, and gathering essential supplies.


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