The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reminded on Wednesday government rescue teams to be on alert as it intensified its preparations for Supertyphoon “Mawar,” which is expected to hit the country this weekend.
OCD Assistant Secretary and spokesman Raffy Alejandro IV also reminded local officials whose areas are located in the direct path of the typhoon to step up preparations and move residents to safer places if necessary.
Alejandro said local officials should preemptively evacuate residents, especially those who are living in flood and landslide-prone areas of the country as Mawar has been forecasted to bring intense rains.
The OCD has specially alerted regions and provinces located in the country’s eastern seaboard where the typhoon is expected to enter the country.
“However, we are now also alerting local government units on the western seaboard as the tropical cyclone will also intensify and pull southwest monsoon that will cause strong winds and rains,” Alejandro said.
The OCD spokesman has advised agencies and local officials to ensure the readiness and availability of emergency relief assistance through stockpiling and prepositioning.
“The OCD and its regional offices are monitoring the situation and coordinating with concerned NDRRMC [National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council]-member agencies,” he said.
As of Wednesday morning, Mawar is located 2,215 kilometers east of the Visayas.