By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday stressed that South Korea’s scheduled rocket launch on Oct. 26 to 31 is “not hostile” so there is no reason for the public to panic.
NDRRMC Executive Director at the same time advised the public to listen only to proper authorities monitoring rocket launch and not fall for “scare” text messages.
“I wish to point out that South Korea’s rocket launch is not hostile. Aside from this, the rocket will not be carrying any destructive or chemical payload which could harm anyone. This launch is purely for scientific exploration purposes only,” he said.
Ramos said the agency is not discounting the possibility some people may try to exploit the upcoming event to sow mischief.
He reminded the public, especially those living in Bicol, Eastern Visayas and the Surigao area, that official announcements will only come from the NDRRMC.
Ramos said South Korea is planning to launch a rocket that will send a satellite to space on October 26 but the agency will consider the dates Oct. 27 to 31 as “reserve launch dates,” if the launch does not push through on Oct. 26.
He also said the no fly, sailing and fishing precautions which will be implemented on the said areas are meant to safeguard the people who might be near the flight-path of the rocket.
Ramos added that the country will again institute a “exclusion zone” 540 nautical miles away from Bicol, Samar Leyte in Eastern Visayas, Surigao Del Norte and Surigao Del Sur.
He added that flying, shipping, and fishing activities in the area, measuring some 600 kilometers by 400 kilometers, will be definitely prohibited during the said dates.