Gov’t readying for ‘Mawar’

Malacañang on Tuesday assured the public that preparations are underway for the possible onslaught of severe tropical storm “Mawar.”

“Mawar” is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rex Gatchalian said they are gathering food packages for approximately 30,000 to 50,000 families residing in the Ilocos and Cagayan Valley regions.

These particular areas, located in northern Luzon, are anticipated to be in the trajectory of the approaching storm.

“We’ve already started mobilizing as early as this weekend so the food packs will be there and then our field offices are now tasked to work with the local government units to see to it that the LGUs in those areas that may be affected know that the logistical support of the DSWD is around,” Gatchalian said.

Gatchalian added the DSWD field offices are coordinating with local government units for the distribution of food packs in their respective areas.

“Mawar” may enter the PAR by Friday or Saturday, in which case it will be given the local name “Betty.” It was last tracked 2,300 kilometers away east of the Visayas.

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