Davao remains free from typhoon Pepeng
Davao City (3 October) -- Davao Region remained unscathed yesterday from the harsh winds of Typhoon "Pepeng" (international name "Parma") as it was seen yesterday (Friday) morning entering the country through the Bicol Region.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) weather forecast released Friday a.m. showed that Typhoon Pepeng was seen at 270 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 5:00 a.m. packing a maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometer per hour (kph).
PAG-ASA forecast said Mindanao would mostly be cloudy with scattered rain-showers and thunderstorms as Pepeng moved over Luzon particularly hovering the Bicol Region.
However, Davao City was noted to have enjoyed sunny skies free from rain-showers as of high noon yesterday.
Friday noontime PAG-ASA forecast said that Pepeng was seen at 180 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes still with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and with gustiness of up to 230 kph.
PAG-ASA yesterday expected Pepeng to be at 60 km East of Casiguran, Aurora this morning (Saturday).
It is expected to make a landfall in Isabela-Aurora area by mid morning today (Saturday) and will be at 80 km West of Laoag City by Sunday morning and by Monday morning, it will be at 400 km West Southwest of Basco, Batanes.
Though Davao Region is quite far from Pepeng's location and outside its wind direction, the Regional Disaster and Coordinating Council (RDCC) XI has mapped out its disaster preparedness plan.
It conducted an emergency meeting Thursday to come up with a contingency plan intended for any emergency and calamitous event including Pepeng.
Among those agencies critical for immediate disaster response that were present during the meeting were the Maritime Industry Authority, PAG-ASA, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard and the Department of Education. They were asked to share their preparedness plans. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]