Official Gazette of the Philippines

Situation report on the effects of typhoon Pablo (NDRRMC), December 4, 2012, as of 12 p.m.


As of 2 p.m., typhoon Pablo was located 70 km south of Tagbiliran City with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph and gustiness of 195 kph moving west at 20 kph.

Pablo is forecasted to be at 140 km Southwest of Iloilo City on Wednesday morning, at 230 km West of Coron Palawan on Thursday morning, and at 500 km West of Iba Zambales on Friday morning.

Areas under Public Storm Warning Signal

Signal No. 1
Rest of Palawan
Visayas: Aklan, Capiz, Leyte, Biliran
Mindanao: Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan, Sarangani, South Cotabato

Signal No. 2
Northern Palawan, Calamian Gp. Of Islands, Cuyo Islands
Visayas: Southern Leyte, Antique, Iloilo, Rest of Cebu, Camotes Island, Rest of Negros Oriental, Rest of Negros Occidental
Mindanao: Surigao del Norte, Siargao, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Samal Island, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, North Cotabato, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao

Signal No. 3
 Bohol, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Southern Negros Oriental, and Southern Negros Occidental.
Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Camiguin


Affected Population
A total of 11,871 families / 57,501 persons were affected in Regions VIII, X, XI, and CARAGA.

A total of 4,984 families / 23,035 persons are being served by the DSWD in 54 Evacuation Centers in Region X, XI, and CARAGA.

Flooded Areas (recently texted by NDRRMC)
Reported flooding at Panamukan, Malaybalay, Sinoda, Quezon, Bukidnon.

Power interruption (recently texted by NDRRMC)

  • Power blackout is being experienced in Tandag, Bislig, Hinatuan, Tagbina, Barobo, Lianga, and Lingig in Surigao Del Sur; Carmen, Agusan del Norte; and Pilar, Surigao del Norte.
  • To date, erratic communication is being experienced in Pilar, Surigao del Norte due to damaged cell sites.
  • Power interruptions are being experienced in 7 municipalities of Surigao del Sur, 1 municipality in Agusan del Norte, and 1 municipality in Surigao del Norte.
  • Brownout at Cagayan de Oro, Valencia, and Malaybalay.

Status of roads (recently texted by NDRRMC)

  • Pulang Lupa – Sta. Josefa Rd. in Barangay Sta. Isabel, Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur is hardly passable due to flooding.
  • Bataan Compostela Valley Daang Maharlika impassable due to landslide.
  • Brgy. Linda Nabuntuan, Davao del Norte impassable due to fallen trees.

Stranded (December 4)

  • A total of 3,268 stranded passengers, 148 rolling cargoes, 93 vessels and 49 motor bancas were stranded in ports all over the Philippines.

Suspension of classes

  • Classes were suspended in all levels at Mandaue Cebu, Cebu City, Dumaguete City, CARAGA Region, All places in Region XI under signal no. 3 and 2.
  • Classes were suspended in Pre-school up to secondary levels at Davao City.
  • Classes were suspended in all levels in the Municipalities of Aloran, Jimenez, Sinacaban, Tudela, Clarin, and Bonifacio, and Cities of Oroquieta and Ozamiz, Misamis Occidental

Cancelled flights

  • As of December 4, a total of 65 flights were cancelled due to Typhoon Pablo.

Actions taken

  • Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals were alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.
  • Fishing boats and other small sea crafts were advised not to venture out into the Eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao
  • The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned were advised to take appropriate action.


  • NDRRMC Operations Center is on RED ALERT status to monitor and disseminate Severe Weather Bulletins on Typhoon “Pablo” to all OCD Regional Centers through SMS and facsimile and uploaded on the NDRRMC website for further dissemination to their respective local disaster risk reduction and management councils (LDRRMCs) from the provincial down to the municipal levels.
  • NDRRMC directed Regional DRRMCs concerned through the OCD Regional Centers to undertake precautionary measures in their area of responsibility (AOR) and subsequently advised local DRRMCs to initiate pre-emptive evacuation of families in low-lying and mountainous areas if situation warrants.
  • NDRRMC conducted an Emergency Preparedness Meeting re Typhoon “PABLO” on December 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the NDRRMC Operations Center to discuss the preparedness measures of concerned agencies and regional offices. It was attended by representatives from PAGASA, DILG, DOH, DSWD, AFP, PNP, PIA, BFP, PCG, PRC and MMDA.

The NDRRMC issued two Memoranda :

  • First, inviting the national and global cluster leads /or any representative to attend the Inter-cluster coordination meeting this afternoon 4 Dec at 1:00 PM to discuss the conduct of the Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in the above regions. The agenda of the meeting will cover the following: initial update of impact of TY Pablo; issues and concerns, organization of the joint NDRRMC-HCT team (terms of reference and timeline of deployment)
  • Second one is informing the Regional Directors of OCD Regions X, XI and CARAGA that three (3) teams will conduct a Joint NDRRMC-HCT RDANA in their respective regions. Further, directing them to schedule a regional briefing for the Joint RNA upon arrival and to provide the itinerary and logistics for the rapid needs assessment teams in terms of accommodations, meals, vehicles, working area and internet connection. Also to provide the team with list of Regional counterpart (name and agency) and list of most affected areas that has not enough.


  • Assigned Detailed Duty Officers (DDO) at the NDRRMC OPCEN for prompt coordination with their respective bureaus; continuously disseminates Severe Weather Bulletins, provides media interviews regarding weather updates. And continuously track the movement of typhoon Pablo.


  • Continuous posting of updates on Typhoon Pablo on the Official Gazette ( and its social media channels.
  • Continuously provides updates on Typhoon Pablo via traditional and social media from the Presidential Spokespersons.


  • Alerted its operational units to assist local DRRMCs and LGUs and prepositioned SAR equipment.
  • 8th Infantry Division, TOG8-PAF, PCG, PNP and PN response teams are on standby for possible deployment.


  • Issued Memo to all RDs in affected areas and concerned NSUs on December 2, 2012, directing them to activate respective Disaster Incident Management Task Groups (DIMTGs); forward deployment and prepositioning of Search and Rescue (SAR) assets; inform/warn community leaders on necessary disaster preparedness/actions; and coordinate with the local DRRMCs; provide police assistance in the evacuation of residents and deployment of personnel at the evacuation centers: clearing of major thoroughfares and highways in coordination with DPWH and LGUs: provide assistance in the conduct of medical and relief operations and conduct of actual SAR operations.


  • Prepositioned relief goods in Mandaue City and held an emergency meeting for the tasking of volunteers.


  • OIC, PCG directed all Fire Stations under Red Alert and prepositioned their respective manpower and equipment.


  • Warned the operators of small vessels, MBCAs and FBCs’ to avoid sailing in the southeastern and eastern section of the country.
  • CGS Davao has cancelled all voyages from Sta. Ana Pier Davao City bound to Kaputian and Talicud Island, Island Garden of Samal.
  • PCG & NAVY of VI suspended sea vessels trips.


  • Directed its District Engineers in areas likely to be hit by Typhoon “Bopha” to be on stand-by and preposition all heavy equipment in strategic areas.


  • Directed CHDs likely to be hit by Typhoon “Bopha” to raise code white alert status and activate their respective disaster operations center (DOCs) in Regions V, VI, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, CARAGA and ARMM.
  • Region VIII – First aid kit worth PhP183,000.00 and family kit worth PhP106,200.00
  • Region X – drugs and medicines worth PhP50.000.00 and buffer stock worth PhP500,000.00
  • Region XI – drugs and medicines worth Php50,000.00 to each province.
  • Region XII – drugs and medicines worth PhP250,000.00 to each province, with buffer stock of PhP1.5M
  • CARAGA – drugs and medicines worth PhP180,000.00 to each of the 5 provinces
  • ARMM – drugs and medicines (amount still undetermined


  • Alerted its Field offices along the typhoon path such as FOs CARAGA, V, VI, VII, VIII, X and XI and advised to closely monitor the situation particularly those flashflood and landslide prone areas within their jurisdiction and provide reports on any events, status of stand-by funds and stockpile.
  • Prepositioned PhP3.70 million stand-by funds and PhP38.64 million worth of relief supplies in all DSWD-FOs along the typhoon path, amounting to PhP42.35 million.
  • DSWD VII activated Quick Response Teams (QRTs), pre-positioned food and nonfood items for Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, readied 2,000 family packs containing rice and canned goods.
  • DSWD X pre-packed food items for 10,000 families; activated its Crisis Intervention Office and Quick Response Fund (QRF) are in placed.
  • DSWD XI has standby 2,155 packs of food items and they’re now packing additional 2,000 packs of food items.
  • DSWD I prepositioned 500 family food packs per province for the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.


  • Activated the DILG Disaster Monitoring System and directed all LGUs in Regions CARAGA, 10, 11, 8, 7, 6, 12, ARMM, 5, 4A, 4B, 3 and NCR to immediately convene their respective LDRRMCs, reactivate their respective LDRRMOs, assess local community vulnerability and institute appropriate measures such as pre-emptive evacuation in order to ensure the safety of all residents.
  • Directed all coastal LGUs in the Eastern seaboard to prevent fishermen from going to sea effective 03 December 2012.
  • Directed LGUs to ensure that all early warning systems are working, immediately prepare evacuation centers, and to continue to coordinate with OCD, DSWD and other concerned government agencies.
  • Culasi MDRRMO instructed LCE to be ready and alert; transportation on standby at the Public Market beginning afternoon of 03 December 2012.


  • Advised LGUs/local executives to check geo-hazard maps to locate flood-prone areas.


  • Ensured the reliability of communications equipment, availability of hardware materials and supplies necessary for the repair of damages to facilities, as well as the positioning of line crews in strategic areas, to facilitate immediate restoration work.
  • Overall Disaster Command Center, which operates 24 hours a day, will monitor all power restoration activities, reports, updates from the Regional Command Centers in North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
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