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Online post warning of ‘strong typhoon’ a hoax, NDRRMC warns

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday warned the public that a post circulating on social media saying that a strong typhoon named Hagupit will hit the country this month is a hoax.

In an advisory from NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan, the council clarified that the claim is untrue.

"The post refers to an event that occurred in 2014, therefore, the information is no longer current. As of this date, there is no projection of a major weather disturbance to hit the country. However, the NDRRMC wishes to assure the public that the nation is prepared for any emergency as part of standard procedure," the agency said.

A typhoon with the international name of Hagupit entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on December 4, 2014, and was locally codenamed Ruby.

The NDRRMC also called on the public to "exercise caution when sharing critical information such as warnings regarding hazards."

"Please disseminate information coming from trusted and reliable sources specifically agencies mandated to provide warnings about hazards such as PAGASA, PHIVOLCS and OCD (Office of Civil Defense)," the NDRRMC said. — Anna Felicia Bajo/BM, GMA News