Coast Guard braces for Typhoon Mangkhut
Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino has directed all district commanders in Northern and Central Luzon to ensure that all assets and personnel are ready to respond during emergency situations, especially since a tropical storm is forecast to develop into Super Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) once it enters the Philippine waters on Wednesday.
Hermogino ordered all PCG personnel to coordinate with their respective Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils for possible rescue and related activities.
The PCG units were also tasked to remind and prevent all types of inter-island vessels from sailing in the areas where public storm signals will be raised by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
The PCG also advised the public to check with their shipping companies whether trips will be cancelled especially those traveling to Northern Luzon, Southern Tagalog region and nearby provinces.
In the statement, the PCG likewise informed all participating agencies in the annual International Coastal Clean-up that the activity will be rescheduled to September 22.
At the instruction of Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, the PCG is coordinating with the Philippine Ports Authority to prepare the necessary facilities and provisions in case passengers are stranded in ports because of the typhoon.#