Heed government advice on coming new year storm, Palace says

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Posted at Dec 31 2017 01:22 PM | Updated as of Dec 31 2017 02:49 PM

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(UPDATED) Malacañang on Sunday urged the public to cooperate with authorities as a brewing storm threatens to dampen New Year revelry in the country. 

"Ang pinakamahalaga po talaga rito ay makipag-cooperate ang ating mga kababayan doon sa mga lugar na tatamaan," Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar told DZMM. 

"Kadalasan, ang sinasabi nila, baka manakawan kami... Pero alam niyo ho, at the end of the day, ang pinakamahalaga po ay buhay natin," he added. 

A low pressure area off Mindanao is expected to intensify into a tropical cyclone and pummel the central and southern Philippines on Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said. 

Residents in these areas should be wary of possible landslides and floods, warned the national disaster agency. 

Maritime operations will be disrupted in Surigao, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Siargao and the eastern seaboard of Leyte provinces if the LPA becomes a cyclone, it added. 

Two tropical cyclones lashed Visayas and Mindanao earlier this month, leaving nearly 300 dead, including those who refused to heed government calls to flee to safer ground. 

President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet will tackle the country's disaster response measures during their first meeting for 2018, Andanar said. - DZMM, 31 December 2017

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