The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has assured that the US$330 million Boankra Integrated Logistics Terminal project, popularly known as the Boankra Inland Port Project, which has been on the drawing board for about eighteen (18) years old, to be completed in the first quarter of 2024.
The Concessionaire, Ashanti Ports Services Limited, a joint venture of Afum Quality Limited of Ghana and DSS Associates of the Republic of Korea, made it known on Sunday, October 16 2022, when President Akufo-Addo visited the construction site.
With a total area of 413 acres, the Concessionaire informed the President that “we are working to deliver this work within the expected date.
By the end of 2023, eighty percent (80%) will be complete, and by the end of the first quarter of 2024, we will finish the project.” The Concessionaire was hopeful that the eastern and western rail lines would be completed on time, further enhancing the viability of the Boankra Inland Port. The Boankra Integrated Logistics Terminal project idea has been in the pipeline since the days of the Government of the 2nd President of the 4th Republic, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor.
In trying to pull it off, he faced a number of challenges, one of which was the government's departure from the PNP in 2009.
Lawn Mowing for 2020 Lawn Mowing for Port Construction on Thursday, November 5, 2020, the President explained that the Boankra Inland Port project has been initiated to serve importers and exporters in the center and north of the country, and also to act as an important conduit for the efficient transportation of transit traffic to and from our countries.
landlocked neighbors of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
Once the Terminal is finished, it will be equipped with an interior clearance warehouse, customs and non-customs areas, commercial areas such as banks, offices and commercial facilities, vehicle parking areas, light industry areas and an administrative complex.
The Project will also offer significant employment opportunities for skilled and unskilled labor during both the construction and operation phases.
Beyond the creation of jobs, there are other auxiliary small and medium-sized companies that will be located within the enclave to support the Terminal's operations.
“It should be noted that the transformation of the Ghanaian economy, from a producer and exporter of raw materials to an industrialized one, will receive a major boost with the entry into operation of this facility.
The government's commitment to firmly setting the Ghanaian economy on a solid path of industrialization, with a view to delivering a vision of self-reliance, development and prosperity for all, is unwavering,” he added.
The Concessionaire, Ashanti Ports Services Limited, a joint venture of Afum Quality Limited of Ghana and DSS Associates of the Republic of Korea, according to President Akufo-Addo, commits to invest a total of $330 million for the realization of this project.
In addition, the Concessionaire is expected to design, engineer, finance, acquire, build, operate and maintain the project, and transfer title to the Government after a period of thirty (30) years.
"It is my hope and expectation that the Concessionaire will not renounce the trust placed in it, and will take all necessary actions to deliver the project on time and within budget," he added.
One of the success stories of Africa's economic integration agenda is the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The objective of the AfCFTA is to promote trade between African countries, and the president emphasized that "this will be boosted by the presence of an effective and efficient transport system, especially as Ghana hosts the Secretariat."
President Akufo-Addo expressed the hope that “this project and other similar infrastructure projects, such as the Keta port development, the Tema-Akosombo railway line, and the ongoing port expansion projects at the Tema and Takoradi ports, they would make a positive contribution in ensuring that Ghana reaps the maximum benefits from the AfCFTA.”
The Member of Parliament for the Damongo constituency and Minister for Land and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, has notified that the seat of the Salaga South constituency will be claimed by the New Patriotic Party in the 2024 elections.
According to him, the loss of the National Democratic Congress seat was the result of issues that could have been avoided, as he argued that history has shown that the Salaga Sur Constituency is a PNP stronghold.
Reporting on party life in the Savannah region during Vice President Bawumia's tour of the region, Hon Abu Jinapor recounted that Kpembe, which falls under the Salaga South constituency, is the cradle of the New Patriotic Party in the region.
Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor revealed that "In Gonjaland, this is the foundation and birthplace of the New Patriotic Party.
JA Braimah in private life was the person who formed the PNP here and at the height of the president's power and political authority Nkrumah, here in Kpembe NPP was always popular and we won every election since 1950, 1951 and even the independence election through JA Braimah won it in this constituency.
So this is the heart of the New Patriotic Party," he told a joyous crowd at Kpembewura Palace.
He added that "Even when we are struggling with votes in other parts of Gonjaland, Salaga South always stands firm for the PNP.
Something small happened in the middle of 2020 and I have every confidence that with your support and leadership and the support of Kpembewura and the party that by the Grace of God through the blessings of Kpembewura and the Imam and all the people of Kpembe Kpembe, Salaga Sur will return home to the family of elephants."
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia commissioned, on Monday, September 26, 2022, the construction of inner-city roads in the central regional capital, Cape Coast.
Speaking at the same ceremony in Cape Coast, the Vice President also named the major road projects the nuclear power plant government has undertaken in the central region, which he said is part of the Akufo-Addo government's overall commitment to improve road networks throughout the country.
The construction of the Cape Coast Inner City Roads is part of the Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) between the Government of Ghana and the People's Republic of China through SinoHydro Corporation.
A total of 441 km of roads and two interchanges are part of Phase 1 of the agreement, which, among others, include the 100 km Kumasi Inner City Roads, the ongoing Takoradi interchange, the first interchange in the north, the Tamale and the Jasikan-Dodi-Pepeso highway, which have already been put into service.
In his speech, Vice President Bawumia expressed his satisfaction at the commissioning of other downtown roads from the SinoHydro deal, which he said has silenced critics, after they raised doubts about the viability of the Sinohydro deal when it was signed.
a few years ago.
does after his visit to China.
"I am particularly happy today because when we first raised the idea of the SinoHydro road project after my visit to China in 2018, many of our political opponents said that what we proposed to do under the SinoHydro road projects was not possible.
They said we were lying."
said Dr. Bawumia.
"But today marks yet another day of the commissioning of yet another SinoHydro project."
Unfortunately for some of our opponents, when we say something and they don't understand, instead of asking for an explanation and also reading about it, they don't like to read, they don't want to ask for an explanation; they just say you're lying.
But today, as we commission the road, they are silent.
They no longer say it's not possible."
Massive road projects in the central region In addition to SinoHydro's Cape Coast city center roads, Dr. Bawumia revealed that the government of President Akufo-Addo has completed a number of projects major roads in the Central Region, including: partial reconstruction of Cape Coast-Twifo Praso road and Kakaum Park access road -30 km, improvement of Dunkwa-Twifo Praso-Assin Foso road - 20 km, and partial reconstruction of the Bawjiase-Agona Swedru road - 15 km added that the Department of Urban Roads has also completed 30 km of asphalt resurfacing works, and the beneficiary cities include Cape Coast, Agona Swedru, Winneba and Anomabo.
DUR, revealed Dr. Bawumia, has resurfaced 50 km of roads and also undertook the rehabilitation of 7.5 km of roads in the Central Region.
For access roads, the Vice President noted that the Department of Ca Mines of Access has improved 75 km of roads in the Central Region to pave with bitumen and has built 6 main bridges.
The roads include: the Winneba-Sankor-Ojobi-Akoti road bituminous surface - 22 km, the Kushea - Abotareye -Akwawusu- Atweneboana road bituminous surface - 16.5 km, and the Nyarkrom-Bobikuma road bituminous surface - 16.5 km.
Among the bridges that the Government has built in the central region are the construction of a 105 m span steel bridge on the Suprudu-Ammissano-Mankessim secondary road, the construction of 25 m, 20 m and 40 m steel bridges of light on the Akora, Osene and Okyi rivers, respectively.
SinoHydro Projects In addition to the Cape Coast Inner City project he commissioned, Dr. Bawumia also provided updates on other projects underway in other parts of the country under the SinoHydro agreement.
The list includes: the Tamale Interchange, the improvement of selected secondary roads in the Ashanti and Western Regions, as well as the Jaskian-Dodopepeso highway, which have been completed and put into service.
Among Sinohydro's ongoing projects that the Vice President listed are: 100 km of Kumasi downtown highways, the construction of the PTC interchange in Takoradi, which is 50% complete, and the construction of the Sunyani and Berekum downtown highways, which are at 60%.
The Vice President reiterated the commitment of the PNP Government in its quest to improve the country's road networks, stating that no government in the country's history has built more roads and interchanges than the current Akufo-Addo Government.
At a cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria this week, Prime Minister Alan Winde delivered the Provincial Police Needs and Priorities (PNP) report, compiled by the Western Cape Ministry of Police Oversight and Community Safety, for fiscal year 2021.
As it was the first lekgotla to be held in person since all COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, the prime minister had the opportunity to deliver the document directly to Police Minister Bheki Cele. "I hope that the Minister will take the time to study the report," said Prime Minister Winde, "and seriously consider its content and urgently implement its recommendations."
The PNP is compiled annually to help the provincial government and the South African Police Service (SAPS) identify and address challenges.
It is based on the constitutional and legislative obligations imposed on the National Minister of Police and the Provincial Minister of Police Oversight and Community Security.
Minister Reagen Allen said: "Not only is the report a legislative responsibility of my Department, it also helps ensure that we can alert the SAPS to what the real needs are in their domain."
"You matter, your safety and well-being matter," the Prime Minister stressed, referring to the residents of the Western Cape. This is why the report is compiled each year to measure successes and gaps in policing overall.
Among the most compelling findings of the PNP report are: The continued biased allocation of police resources, especially in the poorest neighborhoods; Gender violence, substance abuse and gangsterism continue to be some of the most serious problems affecting Western Cape communities.
Among the recommendations contained in the report to solve some of these problems include: Renew and modify the formula used by SAPS to assign displays at the station level; All SAPS members must be adequately trained on how to handle GBV cases; A harm reduction policing approach is needed to address substance abuse; The SAPS Anti-Gang Unit must be better able to conduct intelligence-driven operations; Confiscated firearms must be destroyed more regularly.
Closer collaboration between the Police Service and other law enforcement entities, such as the Law Enforcement Promotion Plan (LEAP), an initiative of the Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town, endorses all of these recommendations, as well as basing crime-fighting strategies on data.
and evidence The Prime Minister said: “As a Provincial Government, together with the City and our other partners in the fight against crime, we are doing everything we can to make communities safer and give citizens back their dignity and hope.” .
He added: "Our interventions are clearly working."
According to the latest quarterly crime statistics, there was a drop of more than 8% in murders in the areas of Cape Town where LEAP was implemented.
Minister Allen continued: “This report provides SAPS with factual information so that, as a national entity, it can deploy resources where and how they are required.
The SAPS implementation cannot continue in the same way.
Sanity is required and the Minister of the National Police must act immediately.” Last month, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to interact with members of the community as he accompanied a group of LEAP officers on a patrol in Bonteheuwel.
He recalled: “Several residents came out of their homes to tell us about the good work LEAP members are doing.
But more needs to be done.
Minister Cele must take the PNP's recommendations seriously.
More importantly, he must listen to ordinary citizens affected by crime.” The provincial government has a constructive relationship with the Western Cape Police Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile.
“Our problem is not with the working women and men of the South African Police Service who risk their safety on a daily basis,” the Prime Minister and Minister Allen emphasized, “we intend to build on this relationship in the interest of better policing.
Prime Minister Winde concluded: “The biggest impediment to this is Minister Cele, who doesn't seem to realize that many communities continue to live in fear.
To date we have seen low compliance with the PNPs we issue, and this must change.
We will continue to monitor closely in the interest of the safety of our residents."
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says that no government in the history of the Fourth Republic has built the roads that his government has in the history of the Fourth Republic.
Responding to questions in an interview on Radio Upper West, on Monday, August 22, 2022, at the start of a 2-day working visit to the Upper West Region, President Akufo-Addo revealed that only the Upper West Region It has 18 road projects completed since 2017, 110 more road projects in progress.
While notifying the redesign and award of the contract for the construction of the Wa-Tumu highway, the president said that the Han-Tumu section of the highway has been redesigned and awarded to 5 different contractors namely PW Ghanem Ltd., Maripoma Ltd, Mawums Construction, Ashcal Ltd and Greenhouse Company Ltd, and will be completed in 24 months.
Once again, he noted that, for the first time in the nation's history, the Wa-Hamile Road has been paved.
These projects, according to the President, are ample testimony that the mantra of the Year of the Roads “was not just a slogan.
It has been a reality and a very successful program.” According to President Akufo-Addo, “The road infrastructure that has been put in place since I took office, let me use this famous word, is unprecedented.
We have never seen so much in the road sector.
Let's put it in regard to the Fourth Republic.
the Minister of Roads likes to say, since independence”.
He continued: “I just want to be a little more modest and compare apples to apples, and not apples to oranges.
And I say that the road infrastructure that has been carried out under the PNP government of Akufo-Addo, has no equal in this Fourth Republic”.
He indicated that “the government has expanded the road network dramatically.
Obviously, when you start from zero, when you get to four, it doesn't seem like you've made much progress, but from zero to four in itself is a big move, and when you get to five or six or seven, then you realize you're starting.
to be successful.
Given the apparent financial difficulties facing the nation, the President noted that "it has been a difficult time, but as I said, we are very aware of the difficulties in managing the economy, and that affects areas such as delinquencies in payments to contractors , but we are making a lot of effort to try to solve these problems.” President Akufo-Addo assured that “the contractors are not going to be left in the lurch.
At the end of the day, if they don't get paid, the development of our road infrastructure stalls.
Things are going to work out, they're definitely going to work out."
While in Wa, President Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy visit to the overlord of the Wa traditional area, Naa Fuseini Seidu Pelpuo IV, and also inspected the ongoing work at the Youth Resource Center, which is nearing completion.
Report on Upper West Roads The Ministry of Roads and Highways has signed a memorandum of understanding with M/S Zhougmei Engineering Ltd to undertake the duplication of Wa Main Road from (SD Dombo Integrated Development Studies and Business University) to Wa Airport.
The MoU also involves the rehabilitation of 130 km of selected roads in the Upper West region.
Ghana Highway Authority The Ghana Highway Authority has completed 8 projects totaling 107 km in the Upper West Region.
Some of the projects are the paving of Kaleo-Sankana-Takpo (12.5 km); construction of Wa-Han (10 km) and improvement of Nadwoli-Lawra-Hamile (42.6 km).
Under funding from Danida, two (2) major bridges were completed at Kulun (over the Kulpawn River) and Amabarala (over the Ambarala River), facilitating mobility along the Bulenga-Yaala-Kundugu route.
These have improved travel time along the highway corridor.
Communities that were cut off during the rainy season now have all-weather roads.
There are currently 22 trunk road projects underway in the region covering 503km of the network in various stages of execution.
Some of these include the 57 km Wa-Walewale Road, the 22 km Wa-Han Road, and the construction of a steel bridge over the Gongonwu River at Wa-Walewale Road. Approval has been given to launch a Mabey Bridge in Kamba (Lawra District) at Lawra - Nandom Road to replace a damaged bridge at the site.
In addition, a new bridge will be built at Domwene on Jirapa -Hamile Road (N12).
Access Roads Department The Access Roads Department has completed 8 projects for a total of 45.7 km on the network, mainly in the form of rehabilitation and occasional improvement.
Currently, the Department is implementing 64 projects covering 1,409 km of secondary roads.
The region is also benefiting from the World Bank financed rehabilitation and maintenance of 670 km of agricultural roads using the Results and Performance Based Contract (OPRC) method.
Under this system, the Contractor is responsible for the design of the roads, and is also responsible for the construction and maintenance of the roads for more than two years.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Wednesday 27th July commissioned a two storey classroom block for the Tunga Zongo community in Dansoman, Accra.
The project, a complete reconstruction and transformation of a dilapidated classroom at the Tunga Islamic Community School into a modern facility, was funded by the Zongo Development Fund, the development agency set up by the Government of Akufo-Addo to ensure a inclusive and sustainable development in Zongos and related areas.
Speaking at the facility's launch, Vice President Bawumia said investing in such a building, and many others across the country, demonstrates the government's determination and commitment to expanding access to quality education for everyone, especially in the Zongo communities, through the Zongo Development Fund. "Expanding access to quality, relevant education is critical to the transformation we are determined to bring about in Zongo communities, and the Zongo Development Fund is the frontline agency and vehicle through which the government seeks ensure the realization of the development objectives related to the Zongo communities," said Dr. Bawumia.
"In fact, since Ghana gained independence, no budget has ever been deliberately allocated for the development of the Zongo communities.
The establishment of the Fund dedicated to the Zongo communities is indisputably unprecedented.
"The construction of this impressive educational complex and its ancillary facilities by the Zongo Development Fund in Tunga championed by our always vibrant and hardworking Member of Parliament, the Hon. Ursula Owusu Akurful clearly underscores our commitment to leaving no corner or crack in our efforts to expand access to quality education, particularly in the Zongo communities," said Dr. Bawumia.
Since the establishment of the Development Fund for Zongo in 2018, the Fund has championed the development infrastructure in education, health, sports, sanitation, drainage system, roads, water in many Zongos, and also provided educational scholarships and business support to many, Dr. Bawumia listed several of these projects and their locations in Zongos across the country, and praised the ZDF's impact on communities, as envisioned by the PNP Government.
"These obvious interventions by the Fund are commendable efforts aimed at closing the huge gap in educational fortunes of the Zongo communities compared to other communities.
"The government has not only implemented a comprehensive development of educational infrastructure in the Zongo communities, but has also intervened positively by improving health facilities, sanitation, human resource development through skills training and educational scholarships.
and by improving the environment, visibility and safety in Zongo communities in Accra."
"In fact, communities like New Fadama, Madina and others have witnessed a remarkable transformation in social, recreational and sports activities through the construction of Community Sports and Social Centers (astro turfs).
These centers have provided a new impetus to the life of the inhabitants of these communities".
Reiterating the government's commitment to expanding access to education, Dr. Bawumia noted that with the rapid expansion of upper secondary school enrollment as a result of the Free SHS policy, it is incumbent on the government to expand access at all levels.
"In this regard, the government, through the Zongo Development Fund, has started the construction of a Model Higher Secondary School in each of the 16 regions.
We are working hard to ensure the start of three of the schools this year."
The newly commissioned building has ancillary facilities such as offices and a library.
Present at the ceremony was the Minister of Communications and Digitization and deputy for the area, Ursula Owusu Akurful, who expressed her satisfaction with the construction and start-up of the facility.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has signaled that work will begin on the construction of the first phase of 32 state-of-the-art technical and vocational education and training (TVET) facilities to be built across the country to meet the target of the Government to make Ghana a world-class center for skills development and also to make skills acquisition an aspiration for all Ghanaians.
When completed, each Region will have two such centers, further increasing access to technical and vocational education, and providing opportunities for skill acquisition and upgrading for practicing artisans to meet the country's development needs, especially the demands of the industry.
Launching on Monday, June 6, 2022, Vice President Bawumia said the construction of the facility is part of a broader government plan to make Ghana's education system more responsive to the needs of industry.
“At the beginning of our administration in 2017, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo laid out a clear plan to industrialize Ghana and one of the key pillars of that agenda is to revamp and modernize TVET so that it is responsive to the needs of the industry. . The dream of making TVET an aspiration among young people also depends on this vision”, he explained.
The 32 State-of-the-Art Facility Project has a number of broad goals including improving youth employment, especially in rural areas; expand equitable access in public TVET institutions targeting women and the rural poor; improve the relevance and quality of TVET provision; and strengthen the technical and managerial capacity of CTVET and other skills training centers.
In addition, the project is expected to equip young people with entrepreneurial skills; adopts the cooperative approach to skills training for young people to create their own jobs; retrain current workers who have skills gaps; and instill in master craftsmen the aptitude for productivity and credibility.
It will comprise the establishment of one (1) TVET Center of Excellence, 16 Category A Centers and 15 Category B Centers. All these institutions will have a variety of infrastructure ranging from administration blocks, accommodation facilities, common areas, games, furniture, accessories and external works, tools and equipment for workshops and ICT.
The nine facilities to be built in Phase One include a Center of Excellence in Abrankese (Ashanti region); six 'Category A' facilities to be located in Boako (North West), Kenyasi (Ahafo), Patuda (Bono East), Dambai (Oti), Salaga (Savannah) and Guabuliga (North East); and two Category B facilities in Akyem Awisa (East) and Tolibri (Upper West).
TVET is key
Launching on Monday, June 6, 2022, the Vice President said the construction of the state-of-the-art facility is part of a broader government plan to make Ghana's education system responsive to the needs of industry.
“The President's goal is to make Ghana a world-class center for skills development and a leading country in delivering technical and vocational education (TVET) training in Africa and also to make skills acquisition an aspirational all Ghanaians.
“In relation to this, the PNP Government in the last five (5) years has worked to improve governance and management by establishing the TVET Commission (CTVET) and the TVET Service through the approval of the Law 1023 and Law 1049 respectively to improve quality. , expand access and increase funding for TVET.
“We are consolidating our gains in recent years keeping our promise. One way we are trying to achieve these ambitious but achievable goals is plans to build 32 state-of-the-art TVET centers in the 16 regions of Ghana, meaning each region will get 2 of these centers,” he stated.
“TVET,” emphasized Dr. Bawumia, “is a key catalyst in advancing the country's industrialization agenda and creating decent job opportunities for the citizens of this country. Therefore, for sustainable development to occur, we must pay close attention to the urgent need to train and make available to industry highly-skilled human resources to serve as key drivers of the economy.
“The TVET sector faced several challenges before our government took office in 2017. Today I am pleased to report to the people of Ghana that the reforms that have been implemented in the TVET sector are taking shape and delivering results. One of those reforms is why we are here today to officially cut the grass for construction to begin on this project.”
Jamaican opposition leader Peter Phillips on Friday announced his resignation, after preliminary results gave Prime Minister Andrew Holness a landslide victory in legislative elections, according to daily newspaper The Gleaner.
Phillips said he had written to the Chairman of his People’s National Party (PNP) and asked for arrangements to be made to select a new head, according to the daily.
Holness’ Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) scored 49 of the 63 parliamentary seats up for grabs in Thursday’s elections, with the preliminary count almost complete, the electoral commission said late on Thursday.
The PNP lagged far behind, with only 14 seats.
The result would give Holness another five-year term in office.
The Gleaner called it “a shocking defeat for the PNP, which saw a surprising upset for several of its top stalwarts and popular names.”
About 1.9 million people were eligible to elect members of the House of Representatives on the largest island in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Voter turnout was given as 37 per cent, down from 48.4 per cent in 2016.
Campaign rallies and door-to-door campaigning had been restricted after the number of new coronavirus cases surged.
Jamaica has recorded nearly 3,000 infections and almost 30 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
The incumbent was nevertheless seen as having done a relatively good job in handling the pandemic, including by quickly closing the borders in March.
The government has also received praise for its economic policies, with unemployment falling to a historic low of 7 per cent in October 2019, according to World Bank figures.
But the pandemic left hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans without jobs or with low incomes, leading to the government reopening the tourism-reliant island’s borders in mid-June.
The opposition criticised Holness for calling elections during the pandemic, accused the government of corruption, and pointed to high crime levels.
The elections took place under safety measures, including temperature checks and wearing of face masks.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)
Typhoon Vongfong tore off roofs and shook trees as it made landfall in central Philippines' Eastern Samar province at 12:15 p.m. local time on Thursday, authorities said.
Vongfong is the first typhoon to batter the Philippines this year as the country grapples with the fallout of COVID-19 pandemic.
The typhoon unleashed winds of 155 km per hour with a gust of up to 190 km per hour, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its bulletin at 2:00 p.m. local time.
"The eyewall of (the) typhoon Vongfong is bringing violent winds and heavy to intense rains over the northern portion of Eastern Samar. The northern portion of Samar province and the southern portion of Northern Samar will be affected by the eyewall in the coming hours," the state weather bureau warned.
According to the bureau, Vongfong will dump "heavy to intense rains" later on Thursday over Samar provinces, and the provinces of Masbate, Sorsogon, and Catanduanes in the Bicol region in the main island of Luzon.
The bureau further warned of possible flooding and rain-induced landslides in highly to very highly susceptible areas during a heavy or prolonged rainfall.
Moreover, the bureau warned the residents of coastal towns of a possible storm surge of up to four meters high within 24 hours.
"Along with large swells, this storm surge may cause potentially life-threatening coastal inundation," the bureau further warned, adding that "sea travel is risky for all types of seacrafts."
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it will continue strictly enforce quarantine guidelines in the typhoon-affected areas as the country is now under quarantine to stem the spread of the virus.
"(The PNP) will remain resolute and ready for disaster preparedness and response operations to protect lives and properties from the typhoon as it continues to defend our citizens from COVID-19," PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said in a statement.
There were no reports of damage or injuries caused by the typhoon so far.
More than 20 typhoons and tropical storms batter the Philippines each year. Aside from typhoons, the archipelago has frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world mainly due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire and Pacific typhoon belt. Landslides and flash floods are common across the country during the rainy season, especially when typhoon hits.
The Philippine government and police on Monday, condemned the killing of nine sugarcane workers, including two minors, in central Philippines, calling the bloodshed “dastardly” and “extremely cruel.”
Oscar Albayalde,the Chief Director-General of the Philippine National Police (PNP), pledged a swift investigation to apprehend the suspects.
According to police investigators, unidentified armed men shot and killed the nine workers at about 9:45 p.m. on Saturday as they rested at the Hacienda Nene in Purok Firetree in Sagay City, Negros Occidental province.
“The Presidential Palace is deeply perturbed to learn about the incident.
“The PNP has already been ordered to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation on this dastardly act,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Salvador Panelo, said.
The workers allegedly occupied an agricultural farm in Hacienda Nene, a day after the owner of the farm harvested sugarcane.
Three of the workers who died were allegedly burned by the suspects.
The Sagay City Police Station said investigators were eyeing land conflict as the motive of the incident.
“Families of the victims of this extremely cruel act can count on the government that it will enforce the full wrath of the law against its perpetrators,” Panelo said.
Edited by: Celine-Damilola Oyewole