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Antique braces for new typhoon

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SAN JOSE, Antique — Antique is preparing for the weather disturbance that may affect the province this week.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) convened at the old provincial capitol to discuss preparations for a typhoon stronger than “Wilma.”

“Wilma” weakened from being a tropical depression to being a low-pressure area after making a landfall on Monday noon.

The new typhoon will be named “Yolanda” once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, said PDRRMC officer Broderick Train.

Currently, it is still classified as a tropical storm. Its international name is “Haiyan.”

It is very important to warn the public early, said Acting Governor Rhodora Cadiao, who presided the PDRRMC meeting.

Train said the municipal DRRMCs all over the province were also conducting their respective emergency meetings to brace for the stronger typhoon.

He hopes that the new typhoon will weaken before it enters the country.

Still, the PDRRMC should be prepared and come up with contingency measures “to protect us from the effects of the disaster,” he said.

Presenting a satellite image on the track of “Yolanda” during the meeting, Train said the typhoon is expected to make a landfall on Friday.

The PDRRMC officer also reminded the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, Department of Public Works and Highways, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development/Provincial Social Welfare Office to prepare their respective reports.

He said the reports will make the provincial chief executive updated and enable him to provide immediate assistance to affected communities.

Train said the Sumakwel Hall of the new Provincial Capitol building will serve as the PDRRMC’s center of operations during large-scale eventualities. (PIA–Antique/PN)