National government, military on heightened alert status

“We have declared red alert today. It means we are [in full force on] our operations center wherein all member agencies have focal persons. We have representatives for full purposes of coordination,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive Director Alexander Pama said in a press briefing.

A greater percentage is seen that typhoon Hagupit will landfall in Western Visayas hitting Yolanda-affected areas.

Department of the Interior and Local Government also ordered all local government leaders should stay in their posts.

Although possible landfall is expected on Saturday, Department of Education also told its school heads to secure important files, books and computers. In case there are “ongoing construction like Yolanda-hit areas, we want to appeal to the schools to secure their equipment and then don’t incur additional damage,” Assistant Education Secretary Rey Laguda said.

Meanwhile, Armed Forces of the Philippines raised alert on Blue status. “AFP units/soldiers in areas that might be possibly affected in the direct path of the storm are preparing for humanitarian assistance and disaster response in coordination with the LGUs, DSWD and other line government agencies,” 7th Civil Relations Group commander Major Emmanuel Garcia said.

AFP on Blue alert status means fifty percent of its force can be easily utilized when need arises.