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Handa na! Palawan government gears up for Tropical Storm Vinta

Dec 22, 2017 @ 19:45

The provincial government of Palawan has already started gearing up for Tropical Storm Vinta as the province’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) met today to discuss its preparation.

The council, chaired by Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez, discussed today the threat brought by Tropical Storm Vinta, which might pass through the province according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

“Sa ulat ni G. Sonny Pajarilla, hepe ng DOST-PAGASA sa lalawigan ng Palawan at lungsod ng Puerto Princesa, ang bagyong Vinta ay mayroong intensity na 65 km/h at pagbugso na aabot sa 80 kilometro bawat oras. Inaasahang ang landfall nito sa kalupaan ng timog Palawan sa araw ng Linggo Disyembre 24, 2017,” the province said.

Pajarilla also said that Tropical Storm Vinta is wide in diameter and it could bring rains in the whole province.

“Ayon sa ulat ng Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWDO) – Palawan at ng Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) kaugnay ng kanilang kahandaan sa pagdating ng bagyong Vinta, mayroon umanong nakahandang 5,000 family food packs ang PSWDO at karagdagang 3,000 family food packs mula sa DSWD ng pamahalaang-nasyunal na may lamang bigas, de lata, instant noodles, at kape,” the province said.

Governor Chavez, who also chairs the PDRRMC, has already tasked Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Cruzalde Ablaña and the Rescue 165 to prepare the trucks of the provincial government for the delivery of relief goods for affected areas.

“Dagdag sa mungkahi ni Gov. Alvarez na humiram sa Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) ng mga chainsaw na ipamamahagi sa mga munisipyo upang magamit sa pagputol ng mga punong matutumba at haharang sa mga kalsada at access roads na magiging balakid sa operasyon ng PDRRMO,” the province said.

Meanwhile, Alvarez emphasized that the province aims for a zero casualty while hoping that this would be the last storm to enter the province this year.

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