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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC) placed its national operation center on red alert starting 12 noon Friday, October 16, as Typhoon Lando (international codename Koppu) continues to gain strength.
The NDRRMC is scheduled to brief President Benigno Aquino III on Typhoon Lando on Friday afternoon.
Senior disaster officers are assigned to their respective operation centers to monitor the typhoon. At the national level, the NDRRMC is regularly conducting a pre-disaster risk assessment (PDRA).
The PDRA is a tool that identifies possible risks and impacts of particular hazards in specific areas over a particular period of time.
The alert also means all agencies under NDRRMC and its offices in affected areas must report to their headquarters 24/7.
In a press briefing Friday afternoon, NDRRMC executive director Alexander Pama said areas to be affected include Aurora, Quirino, Cagayan, Cordillera, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.