LEGAZPI CITY: The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) convened the disaster officials in Bicol on Friday afternoon to brace for Typhoon “Tisoy.”
Claudio Yucot, OCD regional director, called the briefing to discuss with disaster officials from various government agencies contingency measures before the typhoon hits the country, specifically the Bicol Region.
Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara directed provincial disaster officials from 15 towns and three cities to prepare for evacuation of residents in landslide and flood-prone areas in the province.
Cedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office said the provincial government would be enforcing suspension of classes on Monday until Thursday.
Local mayors from 15 towns and three cities were told to enforce mandatory evacuation of residents threatened by landslides, flooding and storm surges.
“We are enforcing a province-wide suspension of classes for all levels in public and private effective on Monday, December 2, and Tuesday, December 3,” Bichara said.
Disaster officials from he six provinces of Bicol are preparing for contingency measures over weather disturbance in the region.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Typhoon Tisoy (international code name: “Kammuri”) is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by the weekend and predicted to hit the Bicol Region and neighbouring areas.
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi asked Bicolanos to pray the “Oratio Imperata” as the disaster officials prepared emergency measures.
The Bicolanos started to pray the Oratio Imperata after its introduction by Bishop Lucilo Quiambao, auxiliary bishop of Legazpi, when super Typhoon “Reming” on Nov. 30, 2006, killing more than 1,000 Albayanos despite of preemptive evacuation by local disaster officials.
“Let us prepare and work for zero casualty. Let us care for the most vulnerable among us,” Baylon said.
The Oratio Imperata, or “obligatory prayer” for deliverance from bad weather and other natural calamities, is being recited in Albay parishes in all Masses even in good weather.
The prayer reads: “Almighty Father, we turn our hearts to you in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are a part, for Your providence that sustains us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.
“We acknowledge that we have sinned against you and the rest of your creation. We have not been good stewards of nature. We have confused your command to subdue the earth.
The environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference. Global warming is upon us. Typhoons, rains, floods, drought, volcanic eruptions and other natural calamities occur in increasing number and intensity.
“We turn to you, our Loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins. We ask that we, our loved ones and our hard-earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural or man-made. We beseech you to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of your creation and generous neighbors to those in need. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”