The announcement was posted at Official Gazette website today after a meeting held at the Malacanang Palace headed by President Benigno S. Aquino III.
According to the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), “the Philippines is not in the path of any plume that may have been released by the plant. There was no reported meltdown in the damaged nuclear power plant. As of 11am today the wind pattern in Japan indicates that the Philippines is unlikely to be hit by any radioactive fallout from Fukushima. The PNRI is in coordination with the International Atomic Energy Administration to be abreast of the aftermath of the Fukushima incident. The DOH and all government agencies are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and have prepared contingency measures.”
Meanwhile, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has denied rumors circulating text message that says the Philippines may hit radiation today March 14 at 4pm.
“BBC News: Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plant. Asian countries should take precautionary measures. Remain indoors first 24 hours. Close doors and windows.
Swab neck skin with betadine where thyroid area is, bc radiation hits thyroid first. Radiation may hit the Philippines starting 4pm today [March 14],” the text message read.
“‘Yong hangin galing sa Japan papalayo kaya ‘di makakarating sa atin. Hindi totoo ang ulan may kasamang acid,” PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio told radio dzBB today. (“The winds from Japan are moving away from us. It’s not true that these winds contain acid rain.”)