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PBBM expresses sympathy to the Paeng victims and pledges government support.

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Severe Tropical Storm Paeng delivered torrential rainfall and soaked various areas of the country, particularly the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has expressed his condolences to the families of flood victims (BARMM).

Late on Friday night, Marcos said on Twitter, “Our prayers go to the lives lost in the Aklan, Capiz, and BARMM flash floods, as well as to those who continue to be profoundly affected by this tragedy.”

According to Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), 72 people perished as a result of Paeng, which caused floods and landslides in the country’s southern region.

At least 31 injuries and 14 missing people were recorded.

As Paeng is predicted to bring torrential rainfall to several areas of Luzon and the Visayas on Sunday, Marcos urged the public to exercise caution and safety.

Everyone in the impacted areas is urged to exercise caution, especially those who intend to travel during the long weekend, he said.

Government readiness

Marcos assured that all concerned organizations, including the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), are on alert. These organizations include the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Philippine Coast Guard.

DSWD has pre-positioned food and non-food supplies to high-risk regions, while OCD has deployed its assets for transportation and clearing operations, he said. The AFP, BFP, PCG, PNP, and MMDA are all on standby for rescue operations.

The government would provide financial relief, prepositioned family food packs, and non-food goods to more than 15,000 impacted families in the Bicol region and other typhoon-hit areas in the Visayas and Mindanao, the President announced in a Facebook post on Saturday morning.

Since yesterday, several government agencies have been working to ensure the prompt distribution of help to our compatriots impacted by Bagyong Paeng, he added. “Mula kahapon, patuloy ang aksyon ng iba’t-ibang ahensya para siguruhing naipaparating ang tulong sa ating mga kababayang sinasalanta ngayon

A total of PHP4.1 million in aid has been given to typhoon victims by the DSWD, local government entities (LGUs), and other partners, according to Undersecretary Cheloy Garafil, officer in charge of the Office of the Press Secretary (OPS).

“The DSWD announced on Saturday that the government has PHP1.5 billion in total assistance resources, including PHP445.2 million in standby money and PHP600 million in quick reaction funds, at its disposal (QRF). The organization also has stockpiles worth more than PHP 1 billion that are prepared for distribution “said Garafil.

According to a DSWD data cited by Garafil, the hurricane has affected 97,206 families across several regions, with 12,304 families taking refuge in evacuation facilities.

She continued by saying that initial indications indicated that 54 homes were lost to the typhoon and 54 others were damaged.

Encourage vigilance

In order to guarantee that there are enough resource additions to support LGUs in all affected areas, Garafil claimed Marcos has been in “continuous conversation” with a number of government entities.

In response to the recent flooding in Maguindanao, “the President has directed national government agencies to support the BARMM in its relief and rescue operations,” she stated. “The President wants to reassure them that the administration is fully behind them. Everyone is urged to maintain alertness and exercise all necessary caution to stay safe.”

The government is prepared to offer prompt help to the typhoon victims, according to a subsequent Twitter tweet made by the OPS on Friday night.

The OPS also gave the general public advice on how to prepare for tropical disturbances, including watching for meteorological updates and advisories.

Track Paeng

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Paeng is moving west-northwestward at 30 kph and has maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 160 kph.

Up until Saturday evening, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro provinces, and the northern part of Palawan, including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, may see heavy to strong rainfall, at times turning torrential.

It may rain moderately to heavily, at times intensely, in the provinces of Cagayan Valley, the Cordillera area, Western Visayas, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, and Camarines.

In the Ilocos area and the remainder of the Visayas, Central Luzon, and Bicol, light to moderate rains with occasionally strong downpours may be experienced.

Over Camarines Norte, the western part of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, Pasacao, Libmanan, Pamplona), Marinduque, Quezon, including the Pollilo Islands, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Metro Manila, and Rizal, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 has been issued.

TWCS No. 2 has been raised over Catanduanes, Albay, the western parts of Sorsogon (Pilar, Castilla, and Donsol), the western parts of Masbate (Aroroy, Baleno, and Mandaon), including Burias Island, the southern parts of Aurora (San Luis, Baler, Dingalan, and Maria Aurora), Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac, Zambales, Nu

TWCS No. 1 has been erected over the following regions: Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, the remainder of Aurora, the remainder of Sorsogon, the remainder of Masbate, including Ticao Island, and the northern part of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli, Roxa

Additionally included in TWCS No. 1 are Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu, including the Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Guimaras, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo.

Paeng will likely track westward in the near future before crossing Luzon on Sunday in a west-northwesterly direction.

According to the PAGASA’s forecast, the core of Paeng would pass near Marinduque on Saturday morning or make landfall there before moving over the Calabarzon, Metro Manila, and Bataan Peninsula regions throughout the rest of the day and into early Sunday morning.

The anticipated trajectory for Paeng, however, could change south in the upcoming bulletins, according to PAGASA.

“The interaction with the Luzon landmass may cause frictional effects that cause the storm to weaken into a tropical storm within 24 hours, potentially earlier. However, the meteorological agency warned that as it enters the West Philippine Sea, Paeng “may re-intensify into a major tropical storm.”

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