LEGAZPI CITY: Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara ordered disaster officials to be ready with disaster response measures after the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration warned that low-pressure area “Butchoy” was expected bring moderate to heavy rainfall that could trigger flooding and mud flow in low lying areas here.
Bichara, chairman of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, issued an advisory on Thursday ordering the municipal and city disaster officials in three cities and 15 towns to prepare their evacuation centers.
Bichara urged village disaster councils to control the movement of villagers and warned residents living near the river channels to avoid crossing swelling rivers.
The local disaster councils in 15 municipalities such as Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto. Domingo, Daraga, Rapu-Rapu, Manito, Camalig, Guinobatan, Pioduran, Jovellar, Polangui and Oas, and the three cities Tabaco, Legazpi and Ligao were advised to execute evacuation procedures once the weather disturbance worsens and must strictly observe the coronavirus health and hygiene protocols in evacuation centers.
The Office of Civil Defense in Bicol was placed on red alert status.
Claudio Yucot, regional director of the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol and chairman of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, directed all local disaster councils across the region to be on the highest level of preparedness for the weather disturbance
Yucot reminded that suspension of sea travel would be imposed should signal No. 1 be hoisted over Albay.