NDCC, PNRC on alert for tropical storm 'Jolina'

August 1, 2009 10:55 am 

MANILA, Aug. 1 -– The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) have been placed on alert for any danger or damage tropical storm “Jolina” may cause, reports reaching Malacañang said this afternoon.

In a statement reaching Malacañang, PNRC Chairman Senator Richard Gordon enjoined Red Cross chapters to be alert and be prepared for any untoward incident as storm “Jolina” makes a landfall in the region.

“We enjoin staff and volunteers of Red Cross chapters based in Northern Luzon to be alerted 24 hours a day and continue to monitor their respective areas. We should always be prepared to act immediately for any untoward incident,” said Gordon.

For her part, PNRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said that rescue equipment, rubber boats, generator sets, fuel and vehicles shall be on stand by for possible operation or deployment.

“Let us all continue to monitor, coordinate and report status of evacuees, overflow of dams, landslides, floods and general conditions to the PNRC National Headquarters Operation Center,” said Pang.

Tropical storm “Jolina” continues to move west- northwestward, threatening Northern Luzon, the PNRC National Headquarters Operation Center reported this afternoon.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) declared signal No. 1 in Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Pangasinan, La Union, Abra, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao, Benguet, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, and the Batanes group of islands.

Storm signal No. 2 was hoisted over Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan.

“Jolina” was last located 200 kilometers east-northeast of Casiguran, Aurora with maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

It is forecast to be 500 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Sunday morning and at 700 kilometers east- northeast of northern Taiwan and 560 kilometers west- northwest of Laoag City by Monday morning. (PNA)

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