The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) are on top of the situation as they anticipate the entry of typhoon Maysak to be called locally as Chedeng when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, a Malacañang official has said.
The NDRRMC and PAGASA will provide timely warnings, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said during a news briefing in Malacañang on Tuesday.
The NDRRMC has already informed all the departments and agencies involved about the incoming storm, Lacierda said, adding that each agency already knows what to do.
He noted that preparations are underway on the part of concerned local government units and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which is responsible for the prepositioning of relief goods.
“Lahat po ‘yan ay hinahanda naman,” Lacierda said.
The Palace official assured the public that government response to the storm has begun with the scientific monitoring of the typhoon’s path.
“Napatunayan naman ng PAGASA na maganda ang kanilang batting average sa pag-forecast ng typhoon path. So we will be able to anticipate and prepare for the incoming storm,” he said.
According to PAGASA, Typhoon “Chedeng” is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday.
“Chedeng” was spotted on Monday 2,240 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao and was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 km per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. The typhoon was moving west at 23 kph.
The effects of the typhoon will not be immediately felt once it enters the PAR, PAGASA said, adding that rains may be felt in parts of Luzon and Visayas starting next week.