Albay parishes told to brace for storm ’Ambo’
By CBCP News
May 13, 2020
A Catholic bishop has called on the parishes in Albay province, south of Manila, to brace for the coming storm and open their churches to evacuees.
Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi, however, cautioned the parishes to be mindful of the physical distancing measures amid the threat of coronavirus.
Tropical storm “Ambo”, according to him, makes the country’s fight against Covid-19 “even more difficult”.
“This means lesser number of families to be accommodated in the regular evacuation centers,” Baylon said.
He also encouraged families with spacious homes, especially those in Covid-19 low risk areas, to let in vulnerable neighbors “so they wont crowd evacuation centers”.
“Times of crisis are also times to practice our faith in action,” the prelate added, as he urged the faithful too pray “for zero casualty”.
“Let us support our LGUs and one another to make this happen,” he also said.
Red alert was raised over Bicol region on Tuesday as it braces for the impact of Ambo, which was expected to make landfall in Albay or Sorsogon on May 15. It would then cross parts of Luzon, affecting Metro Manila as well.
The Philippines’ first storm in 2020 was expected to bring moderate to heavy rains that may spawn floods and rain-induced landslides.