NDRRMC: More risk communication needed to avoid maritime incidents

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 26) — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says more risk communication is needed, especially in local government units, to avoid maritime incidents when weather disturbances hit the country.

Kailangan ng ibayong risk communications para maintindihan ng mga tao kung ano ang panganib na badya nitong mga bagyo,” NDRRMC executive director Ricardo Jalad told CNN Philippines’ News.PH on Monday.

[Translation: There is a need for more risk communication so that people would understand the threats brought by these typhoons.]

Jalad said the Philippine Coast Guard always makes sure that advisories are issued when typhoon signals are raised, but he emphasized that stricter control at the LGU level is required to keep fishermen from venturing out to sea.

The assessment came after 12 fishermen in Catanduanes remain missing after their vessel capsized at the height of Typhoon Quinta. Jalad said they have already reached out to the Bicol region’s Office of Civil Defense, as well as those in nearby regions for better coordination in the rescue effort..

Meanwhile, Jalad said there are still no reported casualties in areas ravaged by Typhoon Quinta, which has slightly gained strength on its way out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility.