MANILA – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has delivered relief goods and helped in the evacuation of residents in areas affected by tropical depression Auring.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the PCG said at least 325 individuals living at Barangays 8 and Punta in Tuburan, Cebu were evacuated and brought to the Cebu Technological University Gymnasium on Sunday in preparation for the possible onslaught of "Auring", which is now a low-pressure area (LPA).
“Naging mabilis ang nasabing operasyon sa pakikipagtulungan ng Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) at Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) sa Tuburan (The operation went smoothly in cooperation with the BFP and the MDRRMO in Tuburan),” the PCG said.
In the municipality of Tubay in Agusan del Norte, the local PCG station distributed around 200 food packs to those who were evacuated with assistance from the local MDRRMO.
After several maritime trips were either canceled or delayed as a safety precaution against "Auring", a total of 4,600 passengers, truck drivers, and cargo helpers were stuck in several of the country’s ports as of Monday morning.
In response, the PCG Sub-Station Nasipit has assisted those stranded in Nasipit Port Passenger Terminal through the provision of food and other necessities.
“Namamahagi ang mga PCG personnel ng mainit na pagkain at inumin bilang pangangalaga sa kapakanan ng mga kababayang apektado ng sama ng panahon (PCG personnel distributed warm food and drinks to ensure the welfare of those affected by the bad weather),” the PCG said.
Relief needed in Mindanao
The PCG has also asked the public to help provide for those affected by the onslaught of "Auring" in Mindanao by dropping off goods such as ready-to-consume/easy-to-prepare food items, rice, blankets, sanitized clothes, hygiene kits, toiletries, mosquito nets, slippers, tents, medicines, face masks, face shields, and alcohol at their nearest PCG office.
Those interested, it said, may coordinate with the Coast Guard Logistics Systems Command through their hotline 0917-815-6913, email at email@example.com, or by filling up an online donation form at https://forms.gle/7MsRnM6yfBgLzhaX8.
At 2 p.m. Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Auring" has weakened into an LPA and is now moving towards the eastern coast of Albay.
It warned of moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over the Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon. There will be light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Northern Samar, and the rest of Mimaropa. (PNA)