SOME of the localities in Negros Occidental have suspended the classes of both public and private schools from kindergarten to senior high school due to the heavy downpour as it may pose risk to commuting school children.
This is in the cities of Bago, and Talisay and towns of Pulupandan, E.B. Magalona and Valladolid.
Mayor Marvin Malacon of E.B. Magalona said he has met with the district supervisor in the town on Sunday, July 22, and they have agreed to suspend the classes on Monday, July 23.
As of last night, there was no reported evacuation in the town despite the heavy rains, Malacon said.
"Heavy rains may pose danger to the children so we suspend classes today," Malacon said.
In Talisay City, Mayor Niel Lizares also ordered the suspension of classes, as well as Pulupandan Mayor Jose Miguel Peña, Valladolid Enrique Miravalles and Bago City Nicholas Yulo, who confirmed one person has been missing since Sunday.
JR Estillo, 25, married with two children and a resident of Barangay Tabunan, was reported missing Sunday afternoon, around 3 p.m. when he and his four other friends went shallow fishing (suwayang) near the Dahug Overflow.
He was swept by the sudden strong current waters due to heavy rains.
Rescue efforts could not operate because of the danger posed to rescuers.
In Barangay Lagasan, 79 families were also evacuated and sought shelter with their relatives after the creek near their homes overflowed.
They will be given food assistance by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Yulo said.
Meanwhile, in Bacolod City, there is no suspension of classes in all levels today, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia.
The mayor came up with this decision based on the recommendation of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO).
Latest weather bulletin of the state weather bureau said Tropical Depression “Josie” is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). (TDE)