Classes suspended in Albay towns, cities

LEGAZPI CITY-- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) ordered all local government units in Albay province to suspend classes Monday afternoon due to continuous rains.

PDRRMC chair and Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara’s directive for the suspension of classes was based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (Pagasa) report that heavy rains would continue because of the tail-end of a cold front.

In response, municipalities of Daraga, Sto. Domingo and cities of Legazpi and Ligao suspended the afternoon classes in all levels, both private and public.

Mayors Herbie Aguas of Sto. Domingo and Gerry Jaucian of Daraga also announced the class suspension due to the eruption of Mayon volcano and raising the alert level to 3, which may result in serious threats to the public.

Aside from heavy and continuous rains, classrooms are also being used as evacuation centers for 3,061 families or 12,044 persons.

The weather disturbance that Pagasa will affect the country this afternoon until evening could pose risks to the public, especially to children who are most vulnerable to such risks.

Jaucian said resumption of classes on Tuesday, January 16, would depend on the weather condition. (PNA)

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