The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has directed all electric cooperatives (ECs) to prepare and implement emergency measures to brace for the possible impact of Tropical Depression “Ambo” on power distribution facilities.

The NEA through its Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Department (DRRMD) issued an advisory requiring the 121 ECs to activate their respective Emergency Response Organization when the need arises to implement without delay the appropriate emergency response plans.

The trough of the tropical depression will bring scattered light to moderate over Mindanao.

The state-run agency also urged the electric coops to continuously monitor weather updates from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The coops were also advised to report all significant outages to the NEA.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin on Monday, PAGASA said Tropical Depression “Ambo” has slightly intensified while moving slowly westward over the Philippine Sea.

As of 10 a.m. Monday, the center of “Ambo” was estimated based on all available data at 340 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum sustained winds of up to 55 km/h. near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving west slowly. 

Over the next 24 hours, the trough of the tropical depression will bring scattered light to moderate with isolated heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mindanao. 

PAGASA also advised residents in these areas to continue monitoring for updates, especially the local rainfall or thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings.

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