By Prince Golez
Malacañang on Sunday called on the public to be vigilant amId Tropical Storm “Auring.”
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque advised everyone to continue monitoring weather advisories in their respective areas.
“We ask the public, especially residents of affected areas, to remain vigilant, be prepared and ready for possible evacuation in case their local authorities advise them to do so as a precautionary measure,” Roque also said.
“We likewise urge everyone to regularly check the latest weather advisories and other information related to Tropical Storm ‘Auring’,” he added.
The secretary assured that the government is “closely monitoring” the movements of the tropical storm.
According to him, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and line government agencies have been providing relief and assistance to those affected.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development has relief stockpiles and standby funds amounting to
P1,204,692,327.12 in its Central Office, Field Offices and National Resource Operations Center, he said.
Also, the Department of Health has prepositioned more than P19 million worth of medicines, medical supplies, health kits in its Centers for Health Development.
Roque noted that the Philippine Coast Guard already sent its deployable response groups in affected areas to assist in evacuation and rescue operations.