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QUEZON CITY, Dec. 22 -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s Pre Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) Core Group meets in preparation for the entry of Tropical Storm Nock-Ten (IN) in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) today, 22 December 2016 at the NDRRM Operations Center, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Civil Defense Deputy Administrator for Administration Asec Kristoffer James E Purisima attended the meeting chaired by Director Vicente F Tomazar, OCD Operations Service Chief. Joining them were representatives from NDRRMC member agencies namely: DOST-PAGASA, DILG, DSWD, DPWH, Project NOAH, PNP, PIA, DOH, AFP, PIA, DepEd, ERIC, NTC and UN OCHA. Regional DRRM Councils of Regions III, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, V, VI and VIII also participated in the meeting via Skype.

As of 11:00 AM, TS Nock-Ten (IN) was located 1,380 km East of Mindanao with a maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph and gustiness of 80 kph. It is moving in a west northwest direction at 23 kph. TS Nock-Ten is expected to enter PAR on tonight or Friday early morning and will be called “Nina”. It is likely to make landfall over the Bicol Region by December 24 or 25, 2016. Moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides are expected over areas along Nina’s path. It is projected to exit PAR by Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

The National Council is continuosly monitoring weather updates as TS Nock-Ten moves closer to PAR. Residents in low lying areas are alerted against possible landslides and flashfloods. Sea travel is risky over the northern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon due to the surge of the Northeast Monsoon. Communities with volcanoes in affected areas are likewise warned for possible debris/lahar flow.

All Regional and Local DRRM Councils likely to be affected has been advised to take precautionary measures as necessary. DILG has issued warnings to Local Government Units (LGUs) through the Operation L!sto protocols. DSWD has ensured the prepositioning of necessary items and equipment and DOH has prepared the necessary medical items and equipment.

The public is advised to stay vigilant this holiday season, heed to the advise of LGUs and monitor weather updates through radio, television and social media. (NDRRMC)