Signal Number 1 has been raised in parts of Mindanao and disaster management personnel are getting ready to deal with the effects of Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) after it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday.
Sun.Star Online reports Signal Number 1 has been raised over Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Island, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, including Samal Island, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin. "The City Government of Davao has already advised residents, especially those living in identified flood-prone areas to stay on alert," the report also said.
In Cebu, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has ordered communities on mountain slopes and near riverbanks to also get ready to evacuate. Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross is getting ready to mobilize 150 volunteers when the storm hits. "We are already prepositioning our relief goods, which include food and non-food items and hygiene kits," John Mabanga of the Philippine Red Cross-Cebu Chapter said.
Malacaņang has meanwhile put up a page on the Official Gazette website for updates on Typhoon Pablo.
The typhoon, the 16th storm to hit the Philippines this year, is expected to bring heavy rain within its 700-kilometer diameter.