The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Wednesday said some 4,232 passengers were stranded in different ports in the National Capital Region (NCR), Visayas, in Bohol, and Mindanao due to tropical storm ‘Ofel’.
In its update, NDRRMC said 173 rolling cargoes, 57 vessels and 28 motorbancas were also reported stranded.
The NDRRMC also said Coast Guard districts were reminded to be aggressive in informing the public about weather updates.
The Coast Guard was particularly reminded to warn small boats and seacrafts and fishing boats “not to venture into the sea, and/or take necessary precautionary measures when going out.”
The NDRRMC also alerted the regional disaster management councils of Regions 4-B, 5, 8, 11 and CARAGA for the possible effects of tropical storm Ofel.
The NDRRMC said it has directed the disaster risk reduction and management councils at the local level to prepare residents to evacuate if needed.
”Office of Civil Defense centers were instructed to “undertake precautionary measures in their respective areas of responsibility,” the NDRRMC said.
The agency also advised local disaster risk reduction and management councils to “initiate preemptive evacuation of families in low-lying and mountainous areas if the situation warrants.”
The disaster agency reminded the local disaster management councils to disseminate weather updates to local media and community leaders