KORONADAL CITY, Feb. 13 — The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Central Mindanao is on alert status as Tropical Storm “Basyang” (international name: Sanba) is expected to hit several areas in Mindanao today.

DSWD 12 regional director Bai Zorahayda T. Taha assured Tuesday the agency has adequate stockpile of commodities and standby funds for possible relief operations in the aftermath of the storm.

Soldiers search for missing people on the eve December 24, 2017 in the flood hit town of Lala in Lanao del Norte in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem)

“North Cotabato province, which is under our area, is included in the storm warning signal. Our regional Quick Response Teams have been activated and have started to coordinate with local government units for steps to be taken like pre-emptive evacuation, if necessary,” dir. Taha said.

Dennis Domingo, DSWD 12 regional information officer, said they are closely monitoring the situation of the areas under Basyang tracks.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Basyang is expected landfall between Surigao and Dinagat provinces.

Signal number 2 is now raised in:

  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Camiguin
  • Misamis Oriental
  • northern part of Bukidnon

Signal number 1, meanwhile, is up over:

  • Cuyo Island
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Biliran
  • southern part of Samar
  • southern part of Eastern Samar
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • Zamboanga Sibugay
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Lanao del Sur
  • southern part of Bukidnon
  • North Cotabato
  • Compostela Valley
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Oriental