ILOILO CITY, Dec. 3 (PNA) — The Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Team here convened on Wednesday for typhoon “Hagupit” (Ruby) that is expected to affect the entire Panay island and traverse the same path like that of the super typhoon “Yolanda” on Nov. 8 last year.
Regional Director Rosario Cabrera of the Office of Civil Defense, who is also the chairman of the Western Visayas Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said in an interview Wednesday afternoon they have to convene the PDRA in order to assess the hazards that could possibly happen due to the typhoon that is expected to be within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Thursday.
Cabrera said that among the government agencies that compose the PDRA, aside from OCD, are the Department of Science and Technology and Mines and Geosciences Bureau that would make assessment of the landslide-prone areas along the path of the typhoon.
She said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) personnel will be here Thursday to provide guidance on development and path of the typhoon.
Residents along low-lying and landslide-prone areas are now being cautioned about the coming typhoon. (PNA)