PHL readies standby funds ahead of Storm Talim
The Philippine government is allotting P10 million in standby funds, stockpiles and medicines for regions that may experience stormy weather from Tropical Cyclone Talim.
Predictions by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) showed Regions 1 and 2 and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) may suffer from weather disturbances due to “Talim,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told reporters in a briefing Tuesday.
“Talim” is expected to stay within the Philippine area of responsibility for only six to 12 hours and may not even make landfall, according to the state-run weather forecaster.
Valte said the Department of Social Welfare and Development has P2,480,186.80 in standby funds and relief goods for Region 1, P5,645,217.65 for Region 2, and P1,380,334.89 for CAR.
The Department of Health also prepared P400,000 worth of medicines and medical supplies for Region I and another P400,000 for Region II.
“The Department of Public Works and Highways has also activated its quick response team and has heavy equipment for clearing operations on standby and ready for mobilization in landslide prone areas,” said Valte.
Assets of the Philippine National Police, the Philippine Navy, the Philippine Coast Guard and other branches of the Armed Forces of the Philippines would be standing by ready for mobilization, evacuation, and search and rescue operations, the Palace official added.
“Talim” is expected to enter Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday before heading out for Taiwan.
As the third tropical storm to reach the Philippines so far this year–after “Ambo” and “Butchoy”–“Talim will be known as “Carina” once it enters Philippine area of responsibility. —VS, GMA News