The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Cordillera reminded all different local government units (LGUs) through their respective disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) councils to gear up for the possible effects of Typhoon “Mawar” to the highland region. The OCD Cordillera advised the public and the DRRM councils and offices not to let their guard down even if “Mawar” is not expected to make a landfall. In the latest update of PAGASA as 5:00 AM of May 25, 2923, the center of “Mawar” now re-intensified as a Super Typhoon was estimated based on all available data at 2,130 km East of Southeastern Luzon or at 14.2°N, 143.9°E.

The extent of Mawar’s tropical cyclone winds is strong and its typhoon-force winds extend outwards up to 390 kilometer from the center. It has an intensity of maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 230 per hour. The super typhoon is presently moving at the direction of West NorthWestward at 15 kilometers per hour It is forecast to enter the
Philippine Area of Responsibility Saturday morning (May 27, 2023). Apayao Governor and PDRRMC Chair Elias Bulut, Jr. has directed the prepositioning of manpower and other logistics in highly-vulnerable areas in the province in anticipation of the possible effects of “Mawar”.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development though its Social Welfare and Development (DSWDSWAD)Apayao, in coordination with the PDRRM Office has accordingly ensured an additional 1500 Family Food Packs (FFPs). Said packs are from the National Resource Operation Center (NROC). Meanwhile in Cagayan province, Sta. Ana Mayor Nelson Robinion cancelled the
earlier declaration of a one-week non-working holiday for the supposed celebration of their 8th “Viray” festival. The activities for the festival were moved to June. This, as an anticipation of “Mawar”.

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