President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and the Department of Interior and Local Government to be on high alert as Typhoon Lawin approaches the Philippines.
In a statement in Beijing China Wednesday, October 19, Duterte directed the NDRRMC to conduct up-to-date meetings to discuss the preparations and mandatory actions to ensure that everyone will get a hold of what the situation will bring.
The President also instructed the DILG to coordinate with all mayors and governors in areas that will be affected and hit by Lawin and activate the local DRRMCs and impose a 24-hour disaster monitoring system.
He said that LGUs must mow determine preemptive evacuation systems and put them in place as is the common practice.
Duterte also tasked the Presidential Communications Office to publish warnings in the Official Gazette on storm surges, as well as other advisories from national agencies.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development was also directed by President Duterte to start identifying possible evacuation centers and prepare logistical and operational requirements.
The Department of Health on the other hand was tasked to be in close coordination with the DSWD and prepare emergency medical kits for pre-identified areas to ensure that these are readily and timely available in areas that lie with the storm’s path.