Classes, work in non-disaster offices in NCR suspended-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
MANILA (Updated 10:43 a.m.) -- Several schools in Metro Manila and some provinces in Luzon suspended classes for Monday, August 19, following heavy rain brought by the Southwest Monsoon and Tropical Storm “Maring.”
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that “Maring,” which was located 550 kilometers East Southeast of Itbayat, Batanes as of 4:00 a.m., will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon affecting the whole country.
As of 9 p.m. Sunday, knee-deep flooding has been reported in several areas in Metro Manila, particularly in Quezon City.
Pagasa issued red rainfall alert over Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas, saying heavy to intense rains will continue in these areas for the next three hours.
“Severe flooding is expected,” Pagasa said in its latest bulletin.
In Marikina, rescue teams were placed on alert after water level at the Marikina River reached critical levels, particularly in Montalban, Nangka and Sto. Nino, said the weather bureau.
Following the recommendation of the state weather bureau, Executive Secretary Edwin Lacierda has ordered the suspension of classes in all levels over the provinces of Pangasinan, Bataan, Benguet, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and and the entire Metro Manila. Work in government offices within Metro Manila, except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management, are also suspended, according to the statement.
The Philippine Stock Exchange announced early Monday morning, "There will be no trading and clearing and settlement at the PSE/SCCP today, Aug 19, due to suspension of bank clearing."
The United States Embassy has also canceled work on Monday.
The Supreme Court on Monday suspended work in Metro Manila courts due to rain and flooding.
The High Court said there is no work at the Court of Tax Appeals and Sandiganbayan in Quezon City since it is a holiday in the city.
Courts in Antipolo City and Cainta in Rizal also cancelled work due to bad weather, said Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno left the discretion of suspending court operations outside Metro Manila to Executive Judges.
"Work at all courts in the NCR is suspended. For those outside NCR, this will be at discretion of The executive judge," it said.
Meanwhile, floods and heavy rain forced the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to reschedule the appointments of passport applicants in Metro Manila.
DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said those with appointments on Monday may show up on later dates until August 30.
Hernandez also said, those with appointments on Monday should bring proof of their appointment.
However, the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Lines 1 and 2 will still be operational Monday despite the heavy rain and floods in parts of Metro Manila since Sunday.
LRT Authority spokesperson Hernando Cabrera said there may be limited number of tellers at their posts due to the floods.
LRT 1 links Roosevelt in Quezon City to Baclaran in Southern Metro Manila. LRT 2 links C.M. Recto in Manila to the Santolan area.(LRM/SFP/JK/Virgil Lopez/Sunnex, PNA)