Cebu LGUs on red alert

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - Lor­raine L. Ecarma Mitchelle L. Palaub­sanon and Mary Ruth R. Mali­nao Staff Mem­bers

Thirty-tree lo­cal gov­ern­ment units in north­ern and cen­tral Cebu, as well as in Metro Cebu ar­eas, are on red alert sta­tus due to raised trop­i­cal cy­clone wind sig­nals from Typhoon Tisoy (which made land­fall yes­ter­day af­ter­noon).

Typhoon Tisoy was ex­pected to make land­fall over Catan­d­u­anes, Al­bay or Sor­so­gon be­tween Mon­day night and Tues­day early morn­ing, said the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (PAGASA). It is the 20th trop­i­cal cy­clone that hit the coun­try this year.

Be­ing on red alert means res­i­dents liv­ing in dan­ger ar­eas are urged to heed pre­emp­tive evac­u­a­tions that may be ad­vised by their Lo­cal Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (LDRRMO). Dan­ger ar­eas in­clude coastal ar­eas and land­slide-prone ar­eas.

While evac­u­a­tion is vol­un­tary, Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) head Neil Sanchez said LDRRMOs would pri­or­i­tize vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als like se­nior cit­i­zens, chil­dren, and per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties (PWDs).

The LGUs on red alert are Daan­ban­tayan, Ban­tayan, Madride­jos, Santa Fe, Medellin, Bogo City, San Remi­gio, Tabo­gon, Tabue­lan, Tubu­ran,Carmen, Bor­bon, So­god, Cat­mon, As­turias, Puro, Tudela, and Pi­lar, which have been placed un­der Sig­nal Num­ber 2 as of yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Also in­cluded are ar­eas placed un­der Sig­nal Num­ber 1 like Balam­ban, Toledo City, Pi­na­munga­han, Alogu­in­san, Naga City, Tal­isay City, Cor­dova, Minglanill­a, Lapu-Lapu City, Man­daue City, Cebu City, Con­so­la­cion, Liloan, Com­postela and Danao City.

Sanchez said that as of Sun­day, December 1, two LGUs have al­ready con­ducted pre­emp­tive evac­u­a­tion but res­i­dents chose to re­turn to their homes.

"Mao man gud ang con­cern nila, kinsa ang moban­tay sa ilang balay.

That is why we are ask­ing the help of the PNP and the Armed Forces kay mao pud ang mo-se­cure sa area nga in­gon ana," he said.

Classes in pre-school and ele­men­tary lev­els are still sus­pended today. Most of the LGUs af­fected also sus­pended classes for sec­ondary lev­els.

DILG OR­DER

The Depart­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment (DILG) also di­rected lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives to be present in their re­spec­tive lo­cal­i­ties to over­see dis­as­ter man­age­ment op­er­a­tions per­son­ally.

DILG said that as head of their re­spec­tive Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cils, gover­nors, may­ors, and barangay cap­tains are ex­pected to be in their re­spec­tive sta­tions to man the in­ci­dent com­mand cen­ter and mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion on the ground vig­i­lantly.

LGUs are also or­dered to keep an eye on sea lev­els, as well as the level of river wa­ters and set­tle­ments in low-ly­ing ar­eas or near river­banks, which have ex­pe­ri­enced re­cent and re­peated flood­ing, as well as those at the base of slid­ing slopes or ridges and ar­eas iden­ti­fied as very high/ crit­i­cal land­slide zone.

“As the safety of our peo­ple is of para­mount im­por­tance, lo­cal ex­ecs in co­or­di­na­tion with lo­cal po­lice and fire/emer­gency re­sponse au­thor­i­ties should, there­fore, carry out pre­emp­tive or forced evac­u­a­tion in ar­eas with very high sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to storm surge, flood and land­slide, if nec­es­sary," DILG said.

Dur­ing this pe­riod, DILG said lo­cal au­thor­i­ties should also re­strict or ban tourist ac­tiv­i­ties such as moun­taineer­ing, surf­ing, hik­ing, and div­ing.

Small-scale min­ers are also ad­vised to avoid any min­ing ac­tiv­ity for the time be­ing.

"It is also es­sen­tial to en­sure that com­mu­ni­ca­tion lines are work­ing in or­der to reg­u­larly in­form lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties of sit­u­a­tion up­dates and pre­pared­ness ac­tions of the lo­cal­i­ties and to ad­vise the na­tional gov­ern­ment on what as­sis­tance it could pro­vide to af­fected com­mu­ni­ties," DILG said.

RISK AS­SESS­MENT

Yes­ter­day, Gov­er­nor Gwen­dolyn Gar­cia led a pre-dis­as­ter as­sess­ment meet­ing with PDRRMO rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Pro­vin­cial So­cial Welfare Of­fice (PSWO), Cebu Pro­vin­cial

Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO), Coast Guard, Cebu Port Au­thor­ity (CPA), and Red Cross.

Sanchez said the PDRRMO is co­or­di­nat­ing closely with lo­cal gov­ern­ment units.

In Cebu City, Mayor Edgardo La­bella stressed the im­por­tance of pre­ven­tive ac­tion in times of calamity.

"Be­cause you can no longer bring back the lives of peo­ple kung dunay mabik­tima. You can no longer re­pair the prop­er­ties if they are de­stroyed," he said.

TRAVEL

All ves­sels will not be al­lowed to travel in north­ern and Metro Cebu. Small ves­sels are not al­lowed at sea in towns in south­ern Cebu.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cebu Ports Au­thor­ity (CPA), at least 220 pas­sen­gers were stranded at Pier 1 and 113 at Pier 3 in Cebu City; 22 pas­sen­gers in Santa Fe; 290 in Toledo City; and five in Ar­gao. The stranded pas­sen­gers were given hot meals.

Mean­while, the Philip­pine Coast GuardCen­tral Visayas has also or­dered the can­cel­la­tion of sev­eral trips all over their area of re­spon­si­bil­ity.

PCG-CV Med­i­cal Teams and Quick Re­sponse Teams has prepo­si­tion as aug­men­ta­tion to CGS Cebu Sub­sta­tions at North­east and North­west Cebu as proac­tive re­sponse to the ex­pected very heavy rain last night brought by Tisoy.

Sev­eral flights of Philip­pine Air­lines and Cebu Pa­cific were also can­celled.

NELBERT BANAYNAL

Pas­sen­gers are stranded at Pier 1 in Cebu City af­ter sea trav­els were can­celled due to Typhoon Tisoy. ALDO

Dark clouds cover the sky­line of Cebu City as lo­cal of­fi­cials brace for Typhoon Tisoy. NELBERT BANAYNAL ALDO

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