IN anticipation of Rosita’s strong winds that could hit Metro Manila, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danilo Lim ordered outdoor advertisers yesterday to roll down their billboards.
Lim, who is also concurrent chair of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MMDRRMC), said tarpaulins and ad materials on major thoroughfares should be rolled down immediately as the typhoon is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains and to very strong winds in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Signal Number 1 in Metro Manila yesterday.
“We do not want to wait for heavy rains to fall before advertisers begin taking down their billboards to avoid the possible damage they might cause,” said Michael Salalima, MMDRRMC focal person.
Salalima said the MMDA is set to coordinate with MMDRRMC members and disaster management teams of the Metro Manila local government units in monitoring possible effects of the typhoon in the National Capital Region.