BACOLOD

Classes in Bacolod resume today

CLASSES in Bacolod City resumed Wednesday, December 4, after it was suspended Tuesday, December 3, due to Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name Kammuri)

Executive Assistant Jose Maria Vargas, head of cluster of Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (DRRMO), said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geographical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) lifted wind Signal No. 2 over Bacolod City and some areas of Negros Occidental at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

On Monday afternoon, Mayor Evelio Leonardia declared suspension of classes on December 3, from pre-school to high school levels, both public and private, due to the inclement weather brought by Typhoon Tisoy.

Leonardia ordered the suspension during an emergency meeting of the Bacolod City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BCDRRMC) Monday. The mayor’s order was based on the recommendation of the council.

He also issued a memorandum directing the BCDRRMC, especially its implementing arm BCDRRMO, all village chiefs and officials, and allied agencies of the Bacolod City Government to go on “red alert” in preparation for Typhoon Tisoy.

Red alert means that in anticipation of an imminent emergency situation, the local government unit (LGU) requires response agency staffing at the CDRRMC Command Center and immediate inter-agency coordination.

Vargas said there’s no reported flood in Bacolod, but they are still continuously monitoring the barangays in the city.

He said the typhoon is expected to make landfall until Friday and they are ready for it including the equipment and the rescue team.

Vargas added they also assisted a total of 30 stranded passengers Tuesday bound for Iloilo and other areas in Panay Island after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Bacolod suspended all sea trips at the Bacolod Real Estate and Development Corporation (Bredco) port due to Typhoon Tisoy.

On Monday, the city government also assisted about 500 stranded passengers at Bredco Port and they were given food, personal kit and were transferred to the Education and Training Center School (ETCS)-IV for the meantime.

Vargas said of 500, some of them opted to go back to their relatives in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

He said the stranded passengers will stay in the area while waiting for the final announcement of PCG-Bacolod to lift the suspension of sea trips. (MAP)


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