Palace assures everyone being safeguarded as tropical storm 'Dindo' makes an exit

June 29, 2012 10:42 pm 

MANILA, June 29 — Malacanang assured that necessary efforts are being done by the Aquino government to ensure the safety of the people as tropical storm “Dindo” leaves the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), adding that all concerned agencies are focusing on another low pressure area which is expected to enter PAR for proper coordination and preparedness.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang on Friday, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that as soon as the typhoon left the country, clearing operations, re-routing schemes and other safety precautions are being done by various concerned entities, led by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), especially in areas affected by the typhoon.

“As reported to us by the NDRRMC, Tropical Storm Dindo was expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility this morning. Na-lift na po 'yung mga public (storm) signals po natin, ang binabantayan po ngayon 'yung mga status ng mga roads and bridges in CAR, Region 1 and Region 2,” Valte said.

“We continue to conduct the clearing operations kasi merong mga roads and bridges that were affected. 'Yung iba nagkaroon ng muddy road surface and the other roads were rendered impassable because of the strong water current. Clearing operations are now underway, pina-fast track na iyan, but just the same re-routing schemes have been implemented by the DPWH in order to make sure na hindi magkakaroon ng aksidente sa mga bridges na ito,” she added.

Valte further said that apart from the post-typhoon initiatives, the government is also preparing for the possible effects of another looming typhoon that could hit the country.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the DPWH are in constant coordination with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for the contingency efforts of the government.

“We have also been informed that they are watching another low pressure area that is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday… at this point hindi pa po firm yung dadaanan niya. Normally, once the NDRRMC gets the projected track from PAGASA, naghahanda na ang DSWD natin, DPWH and yung DOH (Department of Health) natin as well as ina-alert na po natin ang mga local government officials para ma-activate na po 'yung mga DRRMCs nila,” Valte noted.

On Friday morning, PAGASA bared that Tropical Storm Dindo (international codename: Doksuri) which entered the Philippine area of responsility on Thursday evening, particularly over the Calayan Group of Island, has moved out of the Philippine territory and headed towards southern China.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, "Dindo" was spotted at 380 kilometers west northwest of Laoag City, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. (PNA)

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