The Office of Civil Defense in Bicol said the activated Disaster Response Units from the Armed Forces of the Philippines are on standby with ten DRU platoons composed of 36 personnel, five military trucks, two helicopters, rubber boats and equipment.
OCD Regional Director Rafael Bernardo Alejandro, also the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council chairperson, has placed the regional disaster council on “blue” alert (heightened) status since Wednesday with its personnel on a 24/7 shift, monitoring all local disaster councils disaster operations across the region.
Alejandro said the Department of Social Welfare and Development has set aside P21.5 million worth of food and relief supplies for any emergency.
The Department of Health, he said, has placed all public hospitals in Bicol on “white” alert status.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services said Tropical Storm “Santi” has intensified into a typhoon as it continues to move towards the Aurora-Isabela area.
At 4:00 a.m., Friday, the eye of “Santi” was located at 340 km east of Baler, Aurora, with maximum wind of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
The typhoon is forecast to move west with a speed of 15 kph.
The provinces of Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur are currently under Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 as they are experiencing on-and-off light to moderate rains.
The rest of the region will be cloudy with scattered rain showers, the PAGASA said.(PNA)