MANILA - The government has started preparing for the possible effects of a potential supertyphoon that is expected to enter Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday.
Office of Civil Defense Director Edgar Posadas said the government has set aside P1.7 billion as a stand-by fund for the areas that will possibly experience bad weather because of the typhoon.
"The DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Dev't] as of this time are ready with P1.7 billion worth of standby funds. The DILG [Department of Interior and Local Gov't] also briefed us on their readiness on information dissemination," he told ANC.
He said while "Mangkhut" was expected to enter PAR on Wednesday as "Ompong", the typhoon will only start to bring rains to Cagayan and Isabela in northern Luzon on Friday morning, based on PAGASA's forecast.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Typhoon Mangkhut was packing 150 kilometers per hour (kph) maximum sustained winds and gusts of up to 185 kph. It was last spotted 2,255 kilometers east of southern Luzon.
PAGASA said Mangkhut was still moving towards extreme northern Luzon. It was not expected to make landfall but PAGASA is not discounting the possibility of changes in the typhoon's movement.