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Super typhoon "Rolly" to hit Central and Northern Luzon

Another storm has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility

MANILA – Government weathermen tonight said Severe Tropical Storm “Goni” has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 5:30 P.M. Thursday and has been named “Rolly.”

In an earlier report, PAGASA said the weather disturbance was expected to move westwards by weekend and west-northwestwards by Sunday toward the Quezon-Aurora area.

Signal Number 1 may be raised over some provinces in the Bicol Region and Northern Samar by tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant, Admiral George V. Ursabia, Jr. ordered all Coast Guard districts, stations as well as sub-stations that may be directly affected by “Rolly” to go on heightened alert to prevent and minimize the loss of lives and properties from maritime mishaps that may happen with the strong winds and rough seas.

Placed on alert were the Coast Guard Districts in Bicol, Southern Tagalog, Eastern Visayas and Northern Luzon to prepare their deployable response groups to ensure personnel and assets in assisting local government units in evacuation or rescue operations.

The teams are composed of expert divers, rescue swimmers, paramedics, K-9 units. PCG personnel in port areas have been instructed to implement precautionary measures aside from the strict adherence to quarantine protocols and health regulations.

“Notice to Mariners have been issued to remind vessels that may be affected by the latest weather disturbance to find safer areas to shelter and prevent what happened in Mabini and Bauan in Batangas during the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta where at least ten maritime incidents were monitored and attended by the PCG,” Admiral Ursabia said.

Over in Malacañang, Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said they have enough funds considering the date which is about the end of October.

“We have about P800 million worth of standby funds and family food packs ready for deployment with the latest weather disturbance,” he said.

Secretary Roque said should there be a need to evacuate affected residents, food commodities have been prepositioned as evacuation centers have already been identified. (Melo M. Acuña)

Philippine Coast Guard personnel prepare their equipment for possible deployment to areas which may be affected by the latest weather disturbance. (Philippine Coast Guard photo)

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