Various government agencies are set to meet Tuesday to lay out preparations for possible effects of South Korea’s planned rocket launch later this month.
Benito Ramos, administrator at the Office of Civil Defense, said the Department of Foreign Affairs received notice from the South Korean government that the rocket launch may take place on October 26.
The rocket, said to be carrying a satellite for “scientific research,” will pass over the Pacific Ocean with its booster parts possibly falling near Eastern Visayas and eastern Mindanao, Ramos said in a phone interview.
“Mahuhulog kasi ‘yung booster nito, mahulog ba ito na buo? [That’s the] first possibility. Pangalawa na possibility ay mag-disintegrate into pieces, gaano ba kaliliit at gaano kalalaki? Pangatlong possibility, masusunog ba ito at abo na lang ang mahulog?” said Ramos, who is also executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Among the agencies set to meet Tuesday at the NDRRMC office in Camp Aguinaldo are the Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.
Last April, North Korea also launched a rocket that was supposed to pass near the eastern Philippines.
The government, citing North Korea’s “bad record” in launching projectile, declared a large swath of the Philippine Sea from Cagayan to Catanduanes a “no-fly, no-sail, and no fishing” zone.
The measure affected thousands of fisherfolk and prompted several airlines and ferries to divert from their routes. (John Roson)
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