Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has asked the clergy under the Archdiocese of Manila to pray for good weather in Leyte province in Central Visayas.
In a circular, the head of the Archdiocese of Manila on Wednesday called on all parish priests, rectors, chaplains and the religious to ask God for fair weather.
“Our beloved Pope Francis will be with us soon. On Saturday he will be in Tacloban [City], Leyte, on a very special mission of mercy and compassion. Unfortunately during the past days, heavy rains poured over the island because of a low pressure area in the seas near it,” he said in a statement.
“Let us turn to prayer for good weather for the visit of the Holy Father. Let us implore the God of creation to clear the skies when Pope Francis arrives and stays in Tacloban so that all who are there will experience comfort as they welcome and listen to his message,” Tagle added.
The country’s first tropical storm this year will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Pagasa said the tropical depression is expected to intensify into a tropical storm before entering the PAR and will be named Amang.
It, however, is predicted to weaken as it approaches the eastern seaboard with low possibility of making landfall.
The region of Caraga and the provinces of Leyte and Bohol will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains with possible occurrence of thunderstorms.
Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera will have cloudy skies with light rains.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated light rains.
The rest of the Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains, with possible occurrence of thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and the Visayas and from the northeast to north over Mindanao.
Pagasa also issued flood advisories for Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao, Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City), Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Vicente Guerzon, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) assistant general manager for security and emergency services, also on Wednesday said flight operations officials and security personnel are prepared for the Holy Father’s arrival.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines has issued several notices to airmen regarding the closure of some airports, suspension of arrivals and departures, no-fly zones and other activities related to the pope’s arrival.
The Civil Aeronautics Board has cleared airlines of any liability pertaining to effects of suspended flights.
The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 will be off-limits to non-passengers except MIAA ID holders throughout January 15 and from 12 midnight to 12 noon on January 19.
MIAA has set up a drop-off point and staging area at NAIA Terminal 1 Parking B for Terminal 3 and 4 passengers who have flights on January 15 and 19.
For passengers with departing flights on Terminal 3 and 4 on those days, MIAA will also set up a drop-off point for them.
From Parking B, the passengers will be brought by MIAA shuttle buses to Terminals 3 and 4 through the ramp area.