Telcos urged to be consistent in sending alerts; Storm Vinta rages in VisMin

As Storm “Vinta”, with maximum winds of more than 120 kph as of 7 o’clock last night, made landfall early today Friday in Surigao del Sur, a senator reminded telecommunications companies to consistently send free mobile disaster alerts to warn the public of its impact that could affect them.

“We expect our telecommunications companies to consistently fulfill their obligation to the people in sending alerts as mandated by law,” Senator Grace Poe said in a press statement yesterday.

Under Republic Act No. 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act, mobile phone service providers are mandated to send out emergency alerts at regular intervals in the event of impending calamities.

Violations of the law may be reported to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), according to Poe.

Poe said that calamities call for comprehensive action in communities to avoid a repeat of the loss of lives from the onslaught of typhoon Urduja which recently left the Philippine area of responsibility.

She said that although her office has received reports that mobile alerts were sent ahead of the typhoon, it is imperative for the community to also do their part to ensure the safety of all.

The senator urged residents, local government units, concerned agencies and even the private sector to work together in ensuring public safety.

STORM UPDATE.

In PAGASA’s 8 o’clock weather advisory last night Thursday, “Vinta” was estimated based on all available data including Hinatuan doppler radar at 130 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 7 o’clock last night, moving west at 19 kph.

Areas under Storm Warning Signal # 2 are Surigao del Norte Incl. Siargao Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Northern Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Northern Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur in Mindana.

In the Visayas, under Signal # 2 are Siquijor and Southern Negros Oriental.

Under Signal #1 are Southern Leyte, southern portion of Leyte, Southern Cebu, Bohol, Southern Negros Occidenta.

Also Dinagat Island, Misamis Occidental, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Rest of Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Rest of Zamboanga del Norte*(NDB)