Gov Imee urges constituents to be proactive, prepared for “Ompong”

LAOAG CITY – In preparation for Typhoon “Ompong” (International Name: Mangkhut), which is to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, Governor Imee R. Marcos has urged every member of the Ilocano community to do their part in ensuring minimal losses and damages to life and properties.

She elicited vigilance of barangay chairpersons, Barangay Health Workers (BHWs), Barangay Peace-keeping Action Teams (BPATs), the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA), and Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO), urging them to look out for senior citizens, the sick, persons with disabilities (PWDs), pregnant women, children, and those living on their own in far-flung areas in order to prevent casualties.

To the agriculture sector, she has advised that farmers should harvest all that they can before the typhoon hits and that they should be preparing through dike land clearing and brush removal to prevent the accumulation of water on their farmlands.

In addition, Governor Marcos reminded that “Ang Provincial Government ay may itinakdang mga animal shelter na may pagkain at mayroon ding tubig. Sana ilagay ninyo ang ating mga alagang hayop doon, upang hindi na sila madali sa mga susunod na araw.”

The province incurred more than P67 million in losses in agriculture, livestock, and fisheries last month due to the Southwest Monsoon and Tropical Depression “Luis.”

As an added precaution, the governor also advised homeowners and residents to prepare candles and matches, flashlights and batteries, medicines, blankets, and other supplies needed throughout the forecasted calamity.

“Ipagtibay ang mga bubong, at siguraduhing selyado ang ating mga pinto at bintana. Linisin na rin ang mga drainage at canal sa paligid, at mag-iwan ng sapat na tubig na inumin at panligo sa loob ng bahay.”

Evacuation centers are likewise already fitted with construction materials, generator sets, and other supplies, but Governor Marcos is also calling for private contractors and establishments to lend their heavy equipment and generator sets to community members in need.

“Sa panahong ito, kailangan nating lalo pang magtulungan upang maiwasan ang mga pinsalang maari nating danasin,” she said.

“Ompong” will possibly develop into a Super Typhoon, hence she declared the suspension of classes in all levels and work in both the public and private sectors on September 13-14, excluding key personnel of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) and city/municipal DRRMCs. (PGIN-CMO)