BRACING for typhoon "Rosita" the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) yesterday raised the alert status to blue, NDRRMC spokesman Edgar Posadas said.
Blue alert means 50 percent of personnel must be at their posts at any time and all disaster management councils at the local levels are advised to "undertake precautionary measures in their respective areas of responsibility."
Based on the update issued by the weather bureau yesterday, Rosita. which is expected to affect parts of Luzon, may make landfall by Tuesday in Cagayan or Isabela province.
Posadas said Rosita may the same path taken by Supertyphoon Ompong which lashed the country in September.
He said the NDRRMC has prepared the same way it did for Ompong, pointing out the two weather disturbances have the same characteristics.
Posadas said that the health, social welfare, and interior and local government departments have standby funds to ease the impact of “Rosita".
He said last Friday a pre- disaster risk assessment meeting was conducted by concerned agencies to discuss the preparations that they needed.
During the meeting, Posadas said the cooperation of every local government unit is very important to prevent casualties during the typhoon and in carrying out pre-emptive evacuation.