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Super-Typhoon Ompong off Northern Luzon, expected to strengthen

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Residents secure the roof of their house as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches the city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan province, north of Manila on September 14, 2018. — AFP

TYPHOON Ompong has placed Cagayan and northern Isabela under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) # 4 as it heads closer to the regions, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported as of 5 pm, Friday.

“Isabela now is the number one projected to be affected with 1.57 million (individuals) and then the province of Cagayan with 1.2 million,” National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Spokesperson Director Edgar L. Posadas said in a press briefing, Friday.

He added, as of 8 am today, Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) is expected to affect a total of 5.2 million individuals from Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Autonomous Region and Central Luzon.

PAGASA, in its 5 pm update, reported Typhoon Ompong slightly accelerated, moving Northwest at 30 kph. It was last spotted 340 km East Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Typhoon Ompong is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early Saturday morning, between 1 to 3 am.

The state-owned agency has placed a total of 13 provinces under TCWS # 3, namely Babuyan Group of Islands, southern Isabela, Apayao, Abra, Benguet, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, Northern Aurora and Quirino.

Typhoon Ompong now has maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gusts reaching up to 255 kph.

The state-owned agency, meanwhile, raised TCWS # 2 in other Luzon provinces: Batanes, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, and northern Zambales;

And TWCS # 1 in Southern Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon incl. Polillo Is., Northern Occidental Mindoro incl. Lubang Is., Northern Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias and Ticao Islands, and Northern Samar.

The Typhoon had also enhanced the Southwest Monsoon which will bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains over Visayas.

The NDRRMC, as of 6 am today, said 2,298 families from Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera Autonomous Region have been covered by the preemptive evacuation.

In its last report, the Council said the around 4,000 passengers, 637 rolling cargos and 46 vessels have been stranded in port areas.

The Manila International Airport Authority, for their part, had cancelled flights on Friday (29), Saturday (51), and Sunday (12), as of 5 pm.

SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 (FRIDAY)

NAIA Terminal 1

Xiamen Airlines (MF)

  • MF 819/820 XIAMEN-MANILA-XIAMEN
  • MF 8667 XIAMEN-MANILA
  • MF 818 MANILA-JINJIANG

JEJU AIR (7C)

  • 7C 2305/2306 INCHEON-MANILA-INCHEON

NAIA Terminal 2

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PR)

  • PR 346 MANILA-PUDONG
  • PR 312 MANILA-HONGKONG

NAIA Terminal 3

CEBU PACIFIC (5J)

  • 5J 504/505 MANILA-TUGUEGARAO-MANILA
  • 5J 506/507 MANILA-TUGUEGARAO-MANILA
  • 5J 192/193 MANILA-CAUAYAN-MANILA
  • 5J 821/822 MANILA-VIRAC-MANILA

KLM DUTCH ROYAL AIRLINES

  • KL 807 AMSTERDAM-MANILA

NAIA Terminal 4

AIRSWIFT (T6)

  • T6 837/838 MANILA-BASCO-MANILA

CEBGO (DG)

  • DG 6111/6112 MANILA-NAGA-MANILA
  • DG 6009/6010 MANILA-BASCO-MANILA

SKYJET (M8)

  • M8 816/817 MANILA-BASCO-MANILA
  • M8 421/422 MANILA-SIARGAO-MANILA
  • M8 715/716 MANILA-BUSUANGA-MANILA

TOTAL CANCELLATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 = 29 flights

CANCELLED FLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 (SATURDAY)

NAIA Terminal 2

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES (PR)

  • PR 2196/2197 MANILA-LAOAG-MANILA
  • PR 2198/2199 MANILA-LAOAG-MANILA
  • PR 313 HONGKONG-MANILA
  • PR 347 PUDONG-MANILA

NAIA Terminal 3

CEBU PACIFIC (5J)

  • 5J 504/505 MANILA-TUGUEGARAO-MANILA
  • 5J 506/507 MANILA-TUGUEGARAO-MANILA
  • 5J 196/197 MANILA-CAUAYAN-MANILA
  • 5J 553/580 MANILA-CEBU-MANILA
  • 5J 569/570 MANILA-CEBU-MANILA
  • 5J 451/452 MANILA-ILOILO-MANILA
  • 5J 453/454 MANILA-ILOILO-MANILA
  • 5J 455/456 MANILA-ILOILO-MANILA
  • 5J 487/488 MANILA-BACOLOD-MANILA
  • 5J 475/476 MANILA-BACOLOD-MANILA
  • 5J 489/490 MANILA-BACOLOD-MANILA
  • 5J 651/652 MANILA-TACLOBAN-MANILA
  • 5J 653/654 MANILA-TACLOBAN-MANILA
  • 5J 789/790 MANILA-BUTUAN-MANILA
  • 5J 373/374 MANILA-ROXAS-MANILA
  • 5J 381/382 MANILA-CAGAYAN-MANILA
  • 5J 389/390 MANILA-CAGAYAN-MANILA
  • 5J 961/962 MANILA-DAVAO-MANILA
  • 5J 995/996 MANILA-GENSAN-MANILA
  • 5J 625/626 MANILA-DUMAGUETE-MANILA
  • 5J 647/648 MANILA-PUERTO PRINCESA-MANILA

KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES (KL)

  • KLM 808 MANILA-AMSTERDAM

NAIA Terminal 4

CEBGO (DG)

  • DG 6009/6010 MANILA-BASCO-MANILA

TOTAL CANCELLATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 = 51 flights

CANCELLED FLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 (SUNDAY)

NAIA Terminal 3

  • 5J 272/273 MANILA-HONGKONG-MANILA
  • 5J 110/111 MANILA-HONGKONG-MANILA
  • 5J 112/113 MANILA-HONGKONG-MANILA
  • 5J 114/115 MANILA-HONGKONG-MANILA
  • 5J 362/363 MANILA-MACAU-MANILA

NAIA Terminal 4

AIR SWIFT (T6)

  • T6 837/838 MANILA-BASCO-MANILA

TOTAL CANCELLATIONS FOR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 = 12 flights

Meanwhile, Ayala Malls, SM Supermalls and Robinsons Malls have announced it will not charge overnight parking fees to customers seeking temporary shelters within vicinity.

SM Supermalls:

  • SM City Baguio (official)
  • SM City Rosales
  • SM City Urdaneta Central
  • SM City Cauayan
  • SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown
  • SM City Tarlac
  • SM City Olongapo (Official)
  • SM Megacenter Cabanatuan
  • SM City Cabanatuan Official
  • SM City Pampanga (official)
  • SM City Clark
  • SM City San Fernando Downtown
  • SM City Telabastagan
  • SM Center Valenzuela (official)
  • SM City Marilao
  • SM City Baliwag
  • SM Center Pulilan
  • SM Center Sangandaan
  • SM City North Edsa
  • SM MEGAMALL
  • The Podium
  • SM Center Pasig
  • SM Cherry Shaw
  • SM Mall of Asia Official
  • SM Southmall
  • SM City Fairview
  • SM City Novaliches
  • SM Cherry Congressional
  • SM City Sta. Mesa
  • SM City Manila
  • SM City San Lazaro
  • SM Center Angono
  • SM City Taytay
  • SM City East Ortigas
  • SM City Marikina
  • SM City Masinag (Official)
  • SM City San Mateo -Official
  • SM Cherry Antipolo
  • SM City Bicutan
  • SM City BF Parañaque
  • SM City Sucat
  • SM Center Las Piñas (Official)
  • SM Center Muntinlupa

Robinsons Malls

  • Robinsons Metro East
  • Robinsons Place Cainta
  • Robinsons Place Tuguegarao
  • Robinsons Place Ilocos
  • Robinsons Place Santiago
  • Robinsons Starmills Pampanga
  • Robinsons Angeles
  • Robinsons Place Malolos
  • Robinsons Place Pangasinan
  • Robinsons Town Mall Malabon

The Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya, for its part, said the Philippines could experience in diminished vegetable supply such as onion, cabbage, carrots, brocolli and cauliflower due to damage of typhoon Ompong.

Ang mga gulay sensitive, (example) yung repolyong frozen, so pag frozen tutubo lang yan sa temperate climate, sa Baguio, Benguet. Pag natamaan tayo ng ganon, no amountt of control we can do, bababa yung supply,” SIBAT Deputy Director Shen Maglinte told reporters in an interview on late Thursday.

“We’re still working with 100 percent supply of different kinds of vegetables. I hope it (supply) will not go down to 50 percent given sa damage ng typhoon,” Mr. Maglinte said.

According to Mr. Maglinte, the country may be able to cope up, but this might be through the use of chemicals which would force plants to bear fruits immediately, posing threat to human health.

“You can produce that much pag sobrang chemicals, pesticides. Pepwersahin mo para tumubo. That is bad. You don’t have good quality of food. May supply ka nga but you don’t know how much DDT (Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is in your food,” Mr

Mr. Maglinte said that the government has to intervene in order for Philippine crops to generate while withstanding adverse weather and climate change.

Kailangan imaneobra natin na makatanim. Doon papasok ang government intervention,” according to Mr. Maglinte, noting that a change in the schedule of planting can be a part of the solutions. He also said that subsidy from the government to the farmers would help as cost of production is too high.

In an interview with BusinessWorld, Mr. Rolando O. Abad, Jr, science research specialist 2 of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said that a change in cultivation practices would help the agriculture sector to survive climate change, and lessen as well, its contribution to climate change because of the greenhouse gases it emits.

Mataas yung greenhouse gas emission from agriculture, it is 30 percent. Nakikita ko sa rice that promotes the build up of water, pag umuulan, nagkakaroon ng methane emissions kasi yung biomass ng rice stalks under water, they are emitting methane. Mataas ang emission sa agriculture sector,” Mr. Abad said.

May mga measures naman na ginagawa, change in cultivational practices,” Mr. Abad said, however, noting that it may take a long time for Filipinos to adapt to new practices.

“Alternate wetting and drying instead na continuous nakababad sa ulan ang mga rice fields, magkaroon ng way na bawasan yung tubig, improvement of irrigation,” he said.

Mr. Abad also said that there could also be a shift to a variety of the product which could adapt to climate change.

Di naman kailangan ng chemical, change in variety lang. For example, maghahanap ka ng rice variety na less yung requirement nya for water. Mayroon din rice na resistant sya sa baha,” according to Mr. Abad.