The Philippine Coast Guard has alerted its districts and stations in Northern and Central Luzon to brace for the possible effects in maritime activities of the Tropical storm, forecasted to develop into a super Typhoon “Ompong” (Mangkhut- International Name) once entered the Philippine waters on Wednesday, September 12.

PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino directed all PCG district commanders in areas expected to be hit by the super typhoon to ensure the readiness of all assets and personnel to respond during emergency situations and to coordinate with their respective Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for possible rescue and related activities.

The PCG head also directed PCG units to remind and prevent all types of interisland vessels from sailing in the areas where public storm signal will be possibly hoisted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The riding public is advised to check with their shipping companies for the possible cancellation of their trips especially those travelling to Northern Luzon, Southern Tagalog and nearby provinces.

PCG is also informing all participating agencies in the annual International Coastal Clean-up that the activity will be rescheduled on September 22.
The PCG under the instructions of Secretary Arthur Tugade of DOTr is coordinating with Philippine Ports Authority in order to prepare the necessary facilities and provisions in case the passengers will be stranded in ports because of the typhoon.