The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) has already issued advisories in the barangays to prepare for the onslaught of tropical depression “Betty,” which is expected to bring localized thunderstorms and big waves as it is projected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility within this week.

CDRRMO Head Alfredo Baloran, in a media interview on Wednesday, said that the city already made preparations.

“Naay forecast nga by end of this week either Friday or Saturday musulod siya sa Philippine Area of Responsibility (There is a forecast that by the end of the week, either Friday or Saturday, it will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility),” Baloran said.

He added that while there is a forecast that the said tropical depression will not make landfall in the Philippines, they are still on high alert because the weather disturbance with the international name “Mawar” and will be known as “Betty” in the Philippines, is expected to become a supertyphoon that will affect almost all of the country.

“Gina-inform na nato, naa nata’y advisories nga gihimo sa atong barangay, especially sa coastline areas. Naa man gud ni siya sa high seas may tendency nag dunay dagko nga balod ana nga panahona. Nagahatag ta’g advisories in advance para sa atong kaigsoonan dinha sa mga coastline areas, not only coastlines but also in the flood-prone areas kay we will expect nga may dala gyud na siya nga mga isolated rain showers from moderate and heavy rainfall ( We are informing everyone. We have issued advisories to our barangays, especially those in the coastal areas. The tropical depression is on the high seas so there is a tendency that there will be big waves. We also give advisories in advance for those who are in the coastline areas, not only coastlines but also in the flood-prone areas because we will expect that this will bring thunderstorms, it will bring isolated rain showers from moderate to heavy rainfall),” Baloran said.

He said that they advised the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs) to alert the community about the impending hazards if ever this tropical depression will enter the country’s area.

“Continuous ang atong preposition sa atoang resources and ready to be deployed just in case kung naa na’y flooded areas sa ilahang area of responsibility (There is a continuous preposition of the resources and it can be readily deployed in case there is flooding in their area of responsibility),” he said.

He added that the BDRRMCs and the security clusters with search and rescue capacity are likewise advised to be always on call should their teams be needed at the onset of flooding or other emergencies. CIO