His Excellency BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines
On preparations for Supertyphoon “Megi”
[October 15, 2010]
In keeping with the protocols I put in place in our first days in office, the agencies of your government are undertaking efforts to prepare for expected landfall of Supertyphoon “Megi”, which will become known as Typhoon “Juan” when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow.
We are constrained to inform the public to monitor expected rainfall levels in their areas. PAGASA has issued advisories for the public to expect exceptionally heavy rainfall in the eastern coast of Isabela-Cagayan. It has been issuing alerts to the public and the media has been doing its part to inform the public.
Benito Ramos of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has informed us that they are ready for possible preemptive evacuations in affected areas on Sunday.
Your government will be giving you hourly updates through the PAG-ASA website, www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph, and their Twitter feed, @dost_pagasa.
The DSWD has already prepositioned relief goods. The NDRRMC has also been instructed to preposition rescue equipment, if necessary.
We are confident that PAGASA and the DOST will continue to provide timely and useful information to the public. In the meantime, I have instructed the MMDA and all relevant authorities to take down billboards until the typhoon is over. Let us all work together to ensure ZERO casualties for the coming typhoon.
I ask our countrymen in affected areas to cooperate with their barangay, municipal, provincial and national officials in ensuring orderly and efficient preparations are made. The private sector, too, can alert their employees, particularly those who are Red Cross volunteers, to be ready to help, when needed. We do not want to unduly alarm the public but there is nothing lost by being prepared.
Let us all do our part to ensure that we remain focused on proactive measures to reduce risk to populations. And I am confident our government will, once again, work hand-in-hand with the citizenry to bring out the best in all of us as we brace for the coming storm.