Palace suspends classes, gov’t office work in Metro Manila-A A +A
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
MANILA (Updated 9:41 a.m.) – Malacanang announced Tuesday the suspension of classes and work in government offices except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management in Metro Manila due to heavy rains spawned by southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical storm "Maring."
"In the light of the severe flooding in some parts of Metro Manila and with the Orange Rainfall Advisory, upon both the recommendation of MMDA and Pagasa, the Executive Secretary has ordered the suspension of work in the government offices in Metro Manila today, August 20, except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management," Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.
Work in the private sector will be left at the discretion of the company owners.
Government work and classes in Metro Manila and some provinces were called off on Monday also upon the recommendation of both the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
For the second straight day, the Philippine Stock Exchange suspended its trading activities due to bad weather conditions brought by the southwest monsoon.
The PSE initially said it was resuming trading for the day, but recalled the announcement.
"There will be no trading at the PSE and no clearing and settlement at the Securities Clearing Corp. of the Philippines today, August 20, 2013," it said.
On the other hand, the Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled work in Metro Manila courts due to incessant torrential rains.
Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno also ordered oral arguments for the Reproductive Health Law reset to 2 p.m. of August 27.
Sereno's order covers the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals and Sandiganbayan.
Pasay City Hall employees were also advised not to report for work today, radio reports cited.
The University of the Philippines Manila canceled work in its offices.
"Stay at home. Be safe," UP Manila Chancellor Manuel Agulto said as he explained the predawn order was in anticipation of heavy rain and floods.
But Agulto also said classes and work at the School of Health Sciences campuses "will be at the discretion of the school administration." (JK/Sunnex)