Duterte orders all gov't agencies to be on alert for Tisoy

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 02 2019 02:19 PM

Fishermen help one another lift a boat to safer ground in a coastal barangay in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Dec. 2, 2019 as typhoon Tisoy howls closer to the northern Philippines. Alren Beronio, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered all government agencies to be on alert for typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kammuri), which threatens to bring heavy rains over parts of northern Philippines, his spokesman said on Monday.

Duterte's spokesman Salvador Panelo assured the public that the government is on top of preparations for the storm, which is expected to hit the Bicol region.

"The President has already directed all agencies to be alert and to perform all the measures that have been prepared in the event of a storm coming," Panelo told reporters.

Around P2 billion in relief goods and funds have been prepared by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as of Sunday according to Panelo.

The Palace also urged the public to stay vigilant and to coordinate with their local government units for preparations.

"We ask the public, especially residents who will be affected by the typhoon to stay vigilant, check the latest weather advisory in their respective areas through government social media accounts and coordinate with their local disaster and risk reduction management offices for appropriate and responsive action," Panelo said.

The country's 20th storm this year is expected to slam into Sorsogon, Albay or Catanduanes provinces between Monday night and Tuesday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA also warned that "life-threatening" waves at least 3 meters high, can hit coastal towns in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.