The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut which is expected to reach the country by the middle of this week.
The coast guard has alerted its districts and stations in Northern and Central Luzon to brace for the possible effects of the tropical storm, forecasted to develop into a super typhoon once it enters the Philippine waters on September 12.
Mangkhut is reportedly reaching super typhoon level of more than 220 kilometers per hour.
PCG Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino directed all PCG district commanders in areas expected to be hit by the super typhoon to ensure the readiness of all assets and personnel to respond during emergency situations and to coordinate possible rescue and related activities.
Separately, PCG informed that it welcomed the Korea Coast Guard (KCG) training vessel Badaro at South Harbor, Port Area in Manila. The vessel and her crew officially visited the country for the first time on September 10.
During the visit, the two coast guards will be involved in an academic subject-matter expert exchange with regards to the best practices in providing medical support for emergencies needed on ships using air assets.