Safety first

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

Can­celled trips can be a worst ex­pe­ri­ence. Imag­ine that feel­ing when you are very ex­cited about go­ing some­where, then sud­denly you’ll be asked to stay at home by your mother.

This is the case of the 301-mem­ber Davao City del­e­ga­tion for the 2018 Batang Pi­noy Na­tional Cham­pi­onship. They are sup­posed to leave to Baguio City on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13, but Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Car­pio ad­vised to can­cel the trip of the Davao Ea­gles as a strong ty­phoon – Om­pong – is ex­pected to land fall in the coun­try.

“This is to en­sure that the del­e­gates will not be caught stranded in bad weather. We can­not com­pro­mise on the safety of the chil­dren, coaches, and sup­port staff,” Duterte-Car­pio said with a heavy heart.

She added that ath­letes and coaches who will pur­sue their travel to at­tend the games shall do so at their own risk.

It may be a sad di­rec­tive for the ath­letes and coaches es­pe­cially that they’ve pre­pared for it but it was a nec­es­sary move by the mayor given the im­mi­nent dan­ger. Safety for Dabawenyos is, af­ter all, her para­mount con­cern.

It is un­wise if the trip went on as flood­ing, rain­fall, dam­ag­ing winds, coastal flood­ing, and travel dis­rup­tions are in­evitable, thus, putting the ath­letes’ lives at risk.

For those ath­letes, coaches, par­ents, and other sport per­son­nel who are al­ready in Baguio City, be safe and al­ways be pre­pared.

As of 10 a.m. Fri­day, the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Services Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pagasa) said the eye of the ty­phoon was spot­ted at 540 kilo­me­ters east of Baler, Aurora, still pack­ing max­i­mum winds of 205 kilo­me­ters per hour (km/h) near the cen­ter and gusti­ness of up to 255 km/h.

The ty­phoon is ex­pected to make land­fall in Is­abela-Ca­gayan area by 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. Satur­day, Septem­ber 15. Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Warn­ing Sig­nal Num­ber 1 has been raised in Ca­gayan, in­clud­ing Babuyan group of Is­lands, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Moun­tain Prov­ince, Ifu­gao, Nueva Viz­caya, Quirino, North­ern Aurora and Is­abela as of 10 a.m. Fri­day.

With the loom­ing ty­phoon, we are still pos­i­tive that the 2018 Batang Pi­noy Na­tional Cham­pi­onship will be suc­cess­ful. Yes, the show must go on but let’s do and move with nec­es­sary pre­cau­tion.

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