Beng suspends classes as rains continue in ZC PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:13

Continuous rains spawned by the intertropical convergence zone has caused City Hall to  order the suspension of classes in the kinder, elementary and high school levels in both public and private institutions yesterday afternoon.

Mayor Beng Climaco, upon recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and in coordination with the PAG-ASA, has ordered the class suspension amid reports of flooding in various areas of the city.

For college level, the declaration was at the discretion of the school heads.

Mayor Climaco’s order was pursuant to Executive Order 66 issued by President Noy Aquino on January 9, 2012 prescribing rules on the cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices due to typhoons, flooding, other weather disturbances and calamities.  Specifically, the mayor cited Section 2 of the EO on Localized Cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices which states that “in the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAG-ASA, localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices may be implemented by local chief executives, as chairmen of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council  concerned in coordination with PAG-ASA and the NDRRMC, specifically in flood-prone or high risk areas.”

Earlier yesterday, in the absence of the PAG-ASA advisory, the mayor left to the discretion of school principals and barangay officials in the matter of suspending or cancelling classes in schools due to the stormy weather.

The mayor at the same time, called on barangay officials and the members of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (BDRRMCs) to remain vigilant of the situation in their respective areas of jurisdiction and to quickly respond to any and all emergency situations to ensure zero casualty.

People residing along river banks and coastal and low lying areas as well as those staying in mountain slopes are advised to be wary of flashfloods and landslides.

The City Government since the start of the stormy weather situation last week has advised the public to take precautionary measures to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

In cases of emergencies, call the CDRRMO headed by Elmeir Apolinario through hotline numbers 926-9273 to 74 or 09177113536 or contact PNP hotlines 991-5656 or 062-117. — Sheila Covarrubias