The military on Wednesday said it has adequate forces to respond to possible contingencies that may be caused by super Typhoon Hanna (international name: Soudelor) that has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Col. Noel Detoyato, Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Public Affairs Office chief, said this is possible as military units that participated in the July 30 earthquake drill are still in Metro Manila and ready for duty.
These include the 525th Engineering Battalion in Libis, Quezon City, which is the primary humanitarian assistance and disaster relief unit of the military.
Other units include those from the Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon commands that can deploy troops and emergency vehicles should Metro Manila get flooded.
Aside from this, Detoyato said, Metro Manila-based military units have ample trucks in reserve and these can be deployed to help stranded passengers if needed.
In its latest weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 11 a.m., Wednesday, Typhoon Hanna was located at 1,360 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan packed with maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 20 kph toward Taiwan.
Weathermen said if it maintains its speed and movement, the typhoon is expected to be at 910 km east- northeast of Calayan, Cagayan, or at 850 km east of Itbayat, Batanes, by Thursday morning.
By Friday morning, it is forecast to be at 375 km east- northeast of Itbayat and at 400 km north-northwest of Itbayat by Saturday morning.