Another low pressure area (LPA) has formed, bringing daylong rains to Bohol.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued a warning of “possible flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains”.
For the Visayas area, PAGASA issued the warning to Bohol, Cebu and Southern Leyte.
In its advisory, PAGASA explained that this is caused by the trough of the LPA which also results to cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The rains that came over the weekend was brought about by the tail-end of a cold front and it continued at the first half of this week with the progress of an LPA.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) has to level up again its alert status to brace for floodings and landslides in the identified vulnerable areas.
PDRRMO Chief Anthony Damalerio, however, assured that quick response teams in different areas of Bohol have been prepared since the start of the rainy season.
Coastal barangays had already been warned of the threat just like those in the mountainsides.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) station in Bohol, for its part, has also been monitoring on the progress of the LPA as they are watching its effect on sea voyage.
The PCG added that they have been on standby already, in case there would be a gale warning that would be a basis to cancel sea trips of small vessels.
Big waves had already been noticed in some parts of Bohol as of the weekend yet and monitoring continues.
Bohol had just overcome the floodings and minor landslides in the advent of Typhoon Agaton that hit Mindanao in the last week of December.
According to the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist, the typhoon barely affected the ricefields as it came in time of the planting season yet.
Rivers and dams in Bohol are also being monitored to be able to alert the nearby communities from possible threat of floodings just like in the Typhoon Agaton experience.
The PDRRMC, however, has noticed that the people in the barangays are now more cooperative whenever an advisory from the Capitol is relayed to their areas.
Gov. Edgar Chatto, as chair of the PDRRMC, attributed this to the ongoing trainings on emergency management conducted down to the purok level.
The trainings were intended to raise awareness among the people, especially those in low-lying, flood-prone and landslide-prone areas.
The Governor’s Office immediately relayed yesterday’s warning on floodings and landslides from the NDRRMC to the towns and then to the barangays so that the people in threatened areas would be promptly alerted and be able to prepare.