Typhoon Pablo approaching the Philippines

TACLOBAN CITY-Fishing boats and other seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Eastern seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao as typhoon Pablo is set to make its landfall early Tuesday morning, the Phil. Information Agency in the region says.

This as PAGASA has placed Southern Leyte province under signal no.2 while Leyte, Biliran, Eastern and Western Samar provinces are under signal no. 1.

Also the public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate action.

In Tacloban City, about nine identified villages will be under pre-emptive evacuation effective 7 p.m. on Monday, while all city crews were alerted with their vehicles ready as mayor Alfred Romualdez has convened the CDRRMC, Coast Guard and Navy for the assessment of their preparations.

Some 100 million pesos worth of damages in infrastructure were reported in Tacloban during the previous typhoon Ofel.

In Southern Leyte, Governor Damian Mercado has immediately convened the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) on Monday to ensure a well-coordinated contingency plan and achieve zero casualties.

RDRRMC chairperson in the region Rey Gozon has reiterated the call for the local disaster councils to be on “Red alert” for possible rescue operations, while residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against possible flashflood and landslides.