No classes in elementary, high schools in Cebu on January 9

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- There will be no classes Monday, January 9, for public and private elementary and high schools throughout Cebu province as ordered by Governor Hilario Davide III due to Tropical Depression Auring.

Baltazar Tribunalo, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM), said the suspension of classes was based not only on the strength of the wind but also on floods and landslides that Auring may cause.

Tribunalo said that Davide's order does not include the cities of Cebu and Lapu-Lapu, which are independent from Cebu Province, and the colleges and universities that have their own charters.

Meanwhile, Commander Dionilett Ampil, of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Cebu, informed SunStar Cebu that due to Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 hoisted over Cebu, all vessels were barred from sailing from Cebu to any destination.

Ampil said that under Memorandum Circular 02-13, no vessel of any type shall be allowed to sail.

Captain Gimbi Tiongzon, chief of the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) Harbor Control Center, said that 23 vessels from various shipping lines and destinations have been stranded at Cebu ports.

These include vessels from Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Trans Asia Shipping Lines, and Lite Shipping Corporation, among others. (Elias Baquero/SunStar Cebu)

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