NDRRMC warns public of hoax online post warning of ‘strong typhoon’

Image capture of video shared by Mark Anthony Batinga via Facebook, NDRRMC

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) warned the public on Sunday that a certain post circulating on social media saying that a very strong typhoon “Hagupit” will hit the Philippines this December is a hoax.

NDRRMC spokesperson Romina Marasigan clarified in an advisory that the news is not true.

“The post refers to an event that occurred in 2014, therefore, the information is no longer current. As of this date, there is no projection of a major weather disturbance to hit the country. However, the NDRRMC wishes to assure the public that the nation is prepared for any emergency as part of standard procedure,” the advisory said.

The agency also reminded the public to “exercise caution when sharing critical information such as warnings regarding hazards.”

“Please disseminate information coming from trusted and reliable sources specifically agencies mandated to provide warnings about hazards such as PAGASA, PHIVOLCS and OCD (Office of Civil Defense),” NDRRMC said.

This is one of the posts shared, where the person sharing apologized for he too, was a victim of unverified information:

On December 4, 2014, a typhoon with international name Hagupit did enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility. It was locally codenamed Ruby.