Bicol disaster agencies gird for ‘Ompong’

September 15, 2018

LEGAZPI City -- After six provinces of Bicol have been declared by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) under Signal Number 1 as tropical cyclone “Ompong” approaches land early this morning, the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) regional office had announced the preparation for the distribution of 23,000 prepositioned family food packs.

The OCD reported yesterday that 3,364 food packs were allocated for typhoon-prone localities in Albay; 3,000 for CamNorte; CamSur (9,500); Catanduanes (5,300); and 1,000 for Sorsogon while 50,600 “malong” blankets or covers will also be distributed along with the food packs for areas to be affected by the typhoon.

Tthe OCD also ordered the activation of the Regional Disaster Incident Management Task Group (RDIMTG) and the PNP, Search and Rescue Rapid Deployment Battalion based at Camp. Gen. Simeon Ola for any eventuality in relation to the typhoon’s landfall today.

Alex Cuña, of the Albay Public Safety Emergency and Management Office (APSEMO), said yesterday that Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara had authorized the forced evacuation of thousands of residents at villages in Bañadero, Matnog, Alcala and Missi at the base and gullies of Mayon Volcano.

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