In preparation for the imminent threat posed by Typhoon “Rolly,” the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) held an emergency meeting at the Administrative Building of the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center (NRSCC) on October 30.
Typhoon “Rolly,” forecast by PAGASA to become a super typhoon prior to landfall, prompted authorities to prepare for a worst-case scenario when the typhoon crosses Luzon.
Based on the report of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), Typhoon “Rolly” is expected to bring strong winds and intense rains that may cause devastation, such as: flashflood, landslide and flood along its path including parts of Pangasinan.
According to PDRRM Officer Rhodyn Luchinvar Oro, Governor Amado I. Espino III urged Pangasinenses not to be complacent and undertake pre-emptive evacuation as needed.
The provincial government also urged all concerned agencies to do its share in helping the people to be safe and secured, especially that the province is still exhausting intense efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Line agencies, including: Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Army, and Philippine Coast Guard also noted that their respective teams are already in position in anticipation of the landfall of the typhoon in the province.
As to the availability of relief goods, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) has a stockpile of 1,000 sacks of rice, 70 boxes of sardines, 700 boxes of noodles and 1,000 family packs.
The typhoon is moving west at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) as of Friday morning, slightly slower than its 20 km/h speed before dawn.
Based on severe weather bulletin as of 11AM (October 30), Typhoon Rolly is located at 1,000 km east of Central Luzon.
It is anticipated that the typhoon will traverse Pangasinan early morning this Monday, November 2. However, Pangasinan may start to experience gusty winds on Sunday, November 1, the PDRRMO reported.
As such, the public are advised to be on alert, take precautionary measures and to closely monitor updated reports on the weather.
/Shiella Mae C. De Guzman