Although Davao City was not directly affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses that recently devastated areas in Metro Manila and Luzon, the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has not lowered its alert level due to the onset of moderate La Niña that causes localized thunderstorms with bolts of lightning. 

As of 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that Ulysses re-intensified into a typhoon but was already outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). 

CDRRMO chief Afredo Baloran told the City Information (CIO) on November 13 that, “We are still in the onset of La Niña. Wala ta nag-loosen sa alertness. Anytime dunay pagdaut sa panahon, padayon atong pagpangandam (We did not loosen our alertness so we continue to be ready for any weather disturbances).” 

He said they constantly inform the public on the latest weather forecast and advisories from Pagasa through the Davao City Disaster Radio. 

Baloran also said that with La Niña, localized thunderstorms are to be expected anytime and Davao City will usually experience it in the afternoons and the evenings, just like the past week. 

But he said the isolated rain showers in recent days did not cause any floodings in the city. 

He also said that whenever lightning strikes, it would be safe to stay inside homes, keep away from light posts and turn off appliances – particularly those with antennas (TV, cable, internet). 

Baloran also underscored that four typhoons already hit the country this month, contrary to Pagasa’s earlier forecast of two expected typhoons. 

He maintained that no looming tropical depressions have been monitored as of yet but this should not be an excuse to be complacent. 

“We just need to be on alert anytime. But the best preparation we can do is to pray to God and ask him for help,” he said in the vernacular, adding that Dabawenyos should also refrain from spreading false information that would only cause panic. 

Baloran also reminded the public to comply with the standard health protocols of the city government of Davao in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, citing Mayor Inday Sara Duterte’s constant reminders of wearing face masks and face shields, frequent washing of hands, maintaining social distancing, and staying at home. CIO