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Games venue face threat of 'Kammuri'

Typhoon Kammuri, feared to drench several SEA Games venues next week, has slowed down but maintained its strength as it barreled closer to the Philippines, weather forecasters said Saturday.

Games venue face threat of 'Kammuri'

“Intensification into a super typhoon is less likely at this time but not ruled out,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

The moment it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Kammuri will be named Tisoy, PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. advisory Saturday.

Most areas in Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Metro Manila—where SEA Games venues are located—will experience strong winds and heavy rains starting Tuesday, state weather forecasters said.

Kammuri is expected to enter PAR late Saturday and make landfall in Camarines Sur on Sunday.

As of 10 a.m., the typhoon was spotted 1,220 kilometers east of Southern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 158 kph.

Meanwhile, the environmentalist group Ecowaste Coalition appealed to spectators to keep the venues of the 30th SEA Games waste-free as the multi-sport regional event officially started.

“As host country for the biennial sporting event, let us show our esteemed guests and our own people that we care for our environment,” said Jove Benosa, the group’s zero-waste campaigner.

“Not leaving any trash at the sports venues is a simple act that we can do to make the SEAG an eco-friendly experience for competitors and spectators alike,” he said.        

Ecowaste also appealed to the people to be mindful of the ecological waste management system that should be in place in all the sports venues in Clark, Subic, Laguna, Cavite, Metro Manila, and other places. “Please put your discards in the segregated waste bins.”

To reduce the generation of garbage in the sports venues, the Ecowaste urged the public to heed the following waste prevention tips.

• Don’t bring in food and beverage to the venue if not permitted.

• If allowed, bring food and drinks in reusable containers to cut on single-use plastic and paper trash.

• Put candy wrappers in your pockets and keep them with you until you see a bin. 

• Dispose of spent chewing gum properly; do not throw it on the floor or stick it in under the seat.

• Refrain from tossing dirty tissues and wipes onto the ground.

• Don’t leave any trash on or under the bleachers; put discards in the bins provided.

• Observe the “no smoking, no vaping, no spitting” rule.

• Avoid using plastic cheering paraphernalia.

• Don’t throw confetti on the athletes.

• Never release balloons or sky lanterns to celebrate, which will only end up as litter on land or in the ocean.

“If a venue lacks a good system for managing waste, we request the public to consider bringing their discards home for proper recycling or disposal,” Benosa suggested.

“Let’s cheer for all the SEAG athletes and go for gold in terms of spotless venues and reduced garbage and pollution throughout the games,” the group stated.

Topics: Typhoon Kammuri , SEA Games , Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration , Philippine Area of Responsibility
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