Pagasa expects 11 more typhoons to hit RP
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (5 October) -- At least nine of the fourteen typhoons which hit the country as of October 1 this year were registered for the period July to September based on the records of the local Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
The Philippines is a country prone to natural calamities and it is for this reason that the government is set to institutionalize a nationwide disaster preparedness network to deal with various calamities that visit the country every year.
The month of July during the quarter has the most number of typhoons which include "Esther", "Florita", "Glenda", and "Henry." Other tropical storms listed in the registry of PAGASA for the period are "Inday", "Juan", "Katring", "Luis", and "Milenyo".
Completing the 14 typhoons in the record are "Neneng", "Agaton", "Basyang", "Caloy", and "Doming".
PAGASA Weather Forecaster Harry Dolfo said that typhoons "Caloy" and "Doming" affected the province of Capiz when it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on May 9 and June 24, respectively.
Dolfo said that 11 more typhoons expected to enter the PAR are "Ompong", "Paeng", "Queenie", "Reming", "Seniang", "Tomas", "Usman", "Venus", "Waldo", "Yayang", and "Zeny".
"A list of auxiliary names is already in place if more than 25 typhoons will cross the country for 2006," added Dolfo.
Meanwhile, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has directed the NDCC to work closely with the LGUs in expanding appropriate disaster response drills and creating rescue teams in all the landslide and flashflood-prone barangays in the country, and with the Department of Education bringing more schools into the loop of preparedness.
The President is encouraged by the success of the national earthquake drills and wants the same level of community readiness in the case of landslides and flashfloods spawned by typhoons and heavy rains.
Government programs and actions preventing the degradation of the environment and the removal of potential public hazards during disasters like billboards will back up this disaster preparedness network. (PIA) [top]