Malacanang says government agencies prepared for onslaught of Tropical Storm 'Butchoy'

June 16, 2012 1:06 am 

MANILA, June 15 — Concerned government agencies have been alerted and are currently on standby in preparation for the possible effects of Tropical Storm "Butchoy" particularly in Luzon, Malacanang said on Friday.

Those agencies are also monitoring a low pressure area that is affecting several provinces in Mindanao, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang.

“The agencies have been preparing ahead of time. The warnings have been given, have been thoroughly disseminated. From what we understand, the regional and the field offices of DSWD, the local DRRMCs as well as the teams of DOH are all ready,” Valte said.

She added that the Department of Public Works and Highways has also prepositioned its equipment for possible road clearing if the storm made a landfall.

Standby funds are also available for each region, Valte said adding that several teams have been activated and monitoring of several areas has been ongoing.

“Dalawa po ‘yung ongoing situations: first, it’s because of the low pressure area which affected Sarangani, GenSan, and other provinces in ARMM and ‘yung papasok po na tropical storm. But all the agencies have been alerted and have been on standby already,” she said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Tropical Storm Butchoy slowed down and maintained its strength as it moved west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.

As of 4 a.m. Friday, the storm was seen 620 kilometers east-southeast of Guiuan Eastern Samar with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph.

Although Pagasa’s forecast models said that Butchoy wouldn’t make landfall, the bureau continues to monitor the weather disturbance. (PNA)

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