Some local government units in Negros Occidental last night extended to today the suspension of classes in their localities due to heavy downpours and floods brought about by Storm Falcon-enhanced monsoon rains.
Acting Bago City Mayor Ramon D. Torres last night announced the suspension of classes in all levels, public and private, due to bad weather, today Wednesday.
Mayor Enrique Miravalles of Valladolid also declared last night the suspension of classes in the town today.
Moises Padilla – All levels, public & private; La Castellana – All levels, public & private; Sipalay City – All levels, public & private;
San Carlos City – All levels; Himamaylan City – Kinder, primary, and secondary levels; Talisay City – Elem. & High School, private & public; Isabela – All levels, public & private; and, Sagay City – Pre-school to Senior High School, public & private.
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Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson has advised all disaster risk reduction and management councils (DRRMCs) in Negros Occidental to intensify readiness as heavy rains continue to pour across the province due to Tropical Depression Falcon.
“All city/municipal DRRMCs are advised to heighten your preparedness for response measures and take precautionary measures for moderate to heavy rains that may bring flooding, flash flood or landslides,” Lacson said in an advisory Monday.
The governor noted the expected light to moderate with occasional heavy monsoon rains prevailing in Western Visayas, based on the tropical cyclone alert of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
“To maximize coordination, monitoring and response, the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council Operations Center is hereby raised to ‘heighten preparedness status’ effective 3 p.m. of July 15,” Lacson said.
Yesterday, more towns and cities in the southern part of Negros Occidental have suspended classes amid the weather disturbance.
Heavy downpour has brought floods in certain areas of several localities, posing threats to people living in flood-prone and low-lying areas.
Among the latest local government units that cancelled classes in various levels yesterday were the municipalities of Valladolid, La Castellana, Pontevedra, San Enrique, Binalbagan, and Kabankalan City.
The towns of Hinigaran, Isabela, Candoni and Cauayan and Himamaylan City have suspended classes since Monday and also yesterday.
Light to moderate, with occasional heavy monsoon rains, will prevail over Western Visayas today Wednesday, according to PAGASA.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has advised the public to observe safety precautions as “Falcon” is expected to make landfall in Cagayan province and bring heavy rains in most parts of the country today.
Residents in affected areas have been told as well to monitor updates about the weather disturbance and coordinate with their LGU units and DRRMOs.* (Arman Toga w/report from Nanette Guadalquiver via NDB)