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Duterte warns the public to be cautious as the Philippines prepares for ‘Odette.’

President Rodrigo Duterte warned the public on Monday, as the country prepares for Tropical Storm (TS) “Odette,” to comply with national and local authorities if evacuation or other necessary actions are required.

In a prerecorded Talk to the People, Duterte instructed government agencies and local government units (LGUs) to ensure that Filipinos, particularly those living close or on the projected route of the tropical depression, continue to watch the situation and take all necessary precautions.

“Nandiyan naman ‘yan, nandiyan naman ‘yan, nandiyan Iyong dadaanan ng bagyo lumalabas diyan sa news — newspaper pati sa TV (It’s all there; it’s all in the news—newspaper and TV) “All you have to do is turn on the television and makita mo ‘yung trajectory, ang takbo ng bagyo (and you’ll see the storm’s prognosis),” he explained.

He also urged the people to follow the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration’s cautions (PAGASA).

“Kung malapit kayo diyan, medyo umalis na muna kayo (If you are near the affected areas, temporarily evacuate), especially if the PAGASA, the weather bureau, says umalis kayo diyan sa lugar na ‘yan kasi diyan tatama (evacuate since it would impact the area),” he continued.

Malacaang earlier stated that the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) is making appropriate preparations in conjunction with regional and local disaster risk reduction and management councils to ensure public safety.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has stockpiles and backup funds intended for disaster response ready as of Sunday.

According to the 11 p.m. According to a PAGASA weather advisory issued Monday, the center of Tropical Storm Rai was assessed to be 1,585 kilometers east of Mindanao, still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

The tropical cyclone will be dubbed “Odette” as it enters PAR, according to the weather bureau, as it retains its power while moving west northwestward towards Palau, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour around the center and gustiness up to 80 kilometers per hour.

It is expected to strengthen into a typhoon on Wednesday and make landfall in Caraga and Eastern Visayas on Thursday afternoon or evening.

Vaccination days being postponed

Meanwhile, in areas projected to be hit by the tropical depression, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III advocated postponing the second simultaneous immunization effort against Covid-19.

“Mr. President, si [Testing Czar] Secretary Vince Dizon, si [Vaccine Czar] Secretary [Carlito] Galvez, and kami po kasama si [Interior] Secretary Ed Ao ay nagkasundo na magrecomenda na itong Bagyong Odette na paparating at mukhang magiging tropical storm ay kami po ay nagrerekomenda na

Duque said they advised moving the Bayanihan, Bakunahan Vaccination Days from December 15-17 to December 20-22 in vulnerable districts.

“Potential pong Northern Mindanao, ang Central and Eastern Visayas, at ang Southern Tagalog region ay hindi po na muna natin itutuloy ang bakunahan dahil kinakailangan po mailayo sa peligro ang atin pong mga kababayan sa panahon nitong Bagyong Odette (We may postpone the

Calabarzon, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon can continue with their original vaccination days on December 15-17, according to him.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, the first Bayanihan, Bakunahan event spanned five days and administered approximately 10.2 million vaccination doses.

By the end of the year, the second Bayanihan, Bakunahan round hopes to have surpassed the national government’s goal of fully vaccination 54 million Filipinos.

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