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Ako Bicol readies assistance as ‘Amang’ threatens Bicolandia

April 12, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 120 views

CAAP prepares contingency plan

AKO Bicol Party-list Representative Elizaldy Co on Tuesday reassured the public that the party-list is “fully prepared” to provide assistance to the communities affected by Tropical Depression “Amang” in the Bicol Region.

Relief goods are already prepositioned, and the party-list’s volunteers are on standby to provide support in any way possible, according to the party-list solon.

Co emphasized the importance of being prepared for any natural calamity and the need to “act fast” to address the needs of the people.

“We have coordinated with local authorities and have prepositioned relief goods in strategic locations to ensure that we can immediately provide assistance to those who will be affected by the storm. Our volunteers are also ready to help in any way possible,” Co said.

He also urged the public to take necessary precautions and follow the guidelines set by the local disaster operation centers.

These guidelines include monitoring and implementing localized evacuation in areas exposed to storm surges, floods, flash floods, and landslides, according to Co.

By doing so, Co said the risks posed by the forecasted heavy to intense rain can be minimized, and everyone can stay safe and secure.

“The safety and well-being of the Bicolanos, especially during times of calamities like this, are our top priority,” Co emphasized.

He called on everyone to take the matter seriously and prioritize their safety and the safety of their loved ones.

The Bicolano lawmaker also encouraged them to stay updated on the latest weather updates and work together to face the challenge.

In times of calamity, he said the people of the Bicol Region can rely on Ako Bicol to provide them with the necessary assistance and support.

The party-list is committed to helping those in need and ensuring that the region bounces back from the aftermath.

“We are here for you, and we will do everything we can to help,” Co said.

As the threat of Tropical Depression “Amang” looms over the Bicol Region, Co said, “The people of Bicol are not alone.”

With their relief goods and volunteers ready, the party-list is determined to help those in need and ensure that the region recovers from the aftermath.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is closely monitoring the development of “Amang” and its potential impact on airports in the Bicol region, Northern Samar, and the northern part of Eastern Samar.

The CAAP has activated its contingency plans for severe weather disturbances in order to ensure the safety of all passengers and airport personnel in case of flight disruptions due to the tropical depression.

The aviation authority is also closely coordinating with airline operators and other concerned agencies to minimize hazards and impact and ensure the efficient resumption of flight operations once weather conditions permit.

As part of the preparations, CAAP Area Center 5 led by Area Manager Cynthia M. Tumanut, conducted inspections and assessments of airport facilities in Bicol, Bulan, Sorsogon, Daet, Masbate, Naga, and Virac, as well as their equipment to ensure readiness for any eventualities.

CAAP is also closely monitoring weather updates and advisories from PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) and will provide updates to the public as necessary.

The aviation authority reminded the public to stay informed and follow the instructions of airport personnel and airline operators, particularly in flight cancellations or delays. Passengers are further advised to check with airlines for any updates on their flights. BY RYAN PONCE PACPACO & JUN I. LEGASPI