On 1 November, Typhoon Goni - locally called “Rolly” in the Philippines- hit Catanduanes, Bicol region in the morning. It is expected to cross the Camarines provinces before heading towards Marinduque-Southern Quezon area in the afternoon.
According to the OCHA pre-disaster information, an estimated 19.8 million people live within the 60 kilometers diameter of typhoon’s path, 1.3 million of which are considered poor, and could be significantly affected by its impact.
Ongoing strict COVID-19 health protocols for evacuation centers are reiterated by the Department of Health to prevent transmission of the virus.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has stood up the Response Cluster led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to monitor the situation and agree preparedness and response efforts. Regional and local preparedness measures are also in place including the pre-positioning of relief items, PPEs, and heavy machinery.
The Inter-Cluster Coordination Group (ICCG) convened in the morning of 31 October to discuss the readiness of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to assess the likely impact of the typhoon and plan for possible deployment of assessment teams in coordination with the Government.