The Daily Manila Shimbun


NDRRMC aims for ” zero casualty” from ‘Tisoy’

December 2, 2019

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) aims for "zero casualty" amid threats posed by Typhoon 'Tisoy'.

NDRRMC Executive Secretary Ricardo Jalad expressed optimism that the "zero casualty" can be attained with pre-emptive evacuation in areas that will be affected by the typhoon.

"Yes, zero casualty and we can attain that with the conduct of pre-emptive evacuation because we cannot move the houses in the flood prone areas so we will just move the people," he said.

"We see that there were a lot of pre-emptive evacuation being done especially in Bicol," he added.

Jalad hoped local government units ( LGU) will be able to evacuate more people.

"Optimistic yes, were are optimistic, but hopefully the LGU who still have time for pre-emptive evacution were able to increase the number of people they evacuated so that we can really attain this (zero casualty)," he said.

The National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) recorded a total of 890 families or 3,008 persons were pre-emptively evacuated in Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions.

The report noted that most of the evacuated people were from Bicol with 882 families or 2,734 individuals while eight families or 34 persons recorded in Eastern Visayas.

On the same day, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol also recorded a total of 14,824 families or 57,094 persons that were affected because of the typhoon.

As of Monday afternoon, the Philippine Coast Guard has recorded a total of  6,070 passengers stranded in Southern Tagalog, Western Visayas, Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Southern Visayas. 

"The operations of 1,290 rolling cargoes, 81 vessels, 24 motorbancas are temporarily suspended, while 229 vessels and 81 motorbancas are taking shelter due to the weather," the PCG said.

"All PCG units ensure the strict implementation of the guidelines on the movement of vessels during heavy weather to ensure the safety of lives and properties at all costs," it added. Robina Asido/DMS