PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. ordered on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, the suspension of work in government offices and classes in all levels in public schools until Wednesday, August 24, due to the effects of Severe Tropical Storm Florita.

The Office of the Press Secretary said the order, which covers Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Zambales and Bataan, takes effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 23.

"The heavy rains pose possible risks to the general public based on the recommendations of the Office of Civil Defense," it said in a statement.

"The same course of action for private schools and offices is left to the discretion of their respective heads," it added.

Localities in Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan), 3 (Central Luzon) and 5 (Bicol) and Cordillera Administrative Region have earlier suspended classes due to Florita.

Florita made landfall in the vicinity of Maconacon, Isabela around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Five areas in Northern Luzon have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal Number 3, 12 under Signal 2 and eight under Signal 1. (SunStar Philippines)