Western Visayas braces for ‘Yolanda’
Iloilo City, Iloilo – People in Western Visayas region are busy preparing for super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan), which is expected to make landfall sometime this afternoon .
For now, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has placed all six provinces in Region VI, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental, under Storm Signal Number 1.
Some local chief executives have already declared suspension of classes while most local governments and government agencies have also declared no work for today.
The Western Visayas Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-6) has, since Wednesday, November 6, been on top of preparation measures.
Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6) regional director and RDRRMC-6 chairperson Rosario Cabrera said it is of utmost necessity that the public take precautionary measures against the impending super typhoon.
Cabrera also urged the citizenry that they must stay vigilant and even evacuate from areas in around the region which have been identified as prone to flashflood and landslide.
Iloilo Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council executive director Jerry Bionat also reminded people here to be ready for the weather disturbance.
He asked people to prepare and stock up on food, water, clothing, medicine, and other necessities for survival.
Meanwhile, Cabrera is strongly appealing for the efficiency of DRRMCs in the provincial, city, municipal, and barangay levels.