Vice Gov. Marcos reminds Ilokano farmers to harvest crops before “Perla” landfall

LAOAG CITY — In preparation for the possible detrimental effects of Tropical Depression “Perla” over Extreme Northern Luzon this weekend, Acting Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos reminded the farmers in the province to “double time” in harvesting their crops.

“We have an impending storm. We are definitely praying that it would be dissipated but it is best to be prepared rather than sorry,” Acting Governor Marcos remarked.

Based on the Provincial Agriculture Office’s latest records, 52% of the over 50,000 hectares rice plantation in the province was already harvested.  

Marami ng magsasaka ang nagha-harvest ng mga palay nila at kung may mangyaring ganito, sila ang unang matatamaan. So I encourage them to double time their harvest para safe na ang kanilang mga palay,” she added.

The Provincial Resiliency Office also released an advisory this morning, calling all city and municipal disaster risk reduction and management offices to conduct preparedness measures.

These include information dissemination of all local government officials to their respective communities; constant weather monitoring; preparation of evacuation centers, equipment, and animal shelters; monitoring of vulnerable groups such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and pregnant women; and if necessary, the suspension of classes.

As of 11:00 a.m. today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) report stated that the center of “Perla” was estimated at 860 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained wind of 45kph and gustiness of 55kph. However, no tropical cyclone wind signal is in effect over the country.