TACLOBAN CITY – The city government here has suspended classes and work in the government on Monday due to a low pressure area (LPA) that dumped heavy rains in the Eastern Visayas region.
In an Executive Order issued early Monday, Mayor Alfred Romualdez suspended the classes and work as “precautionary measures and in anticipation of any developments that may arise out of the weather disturbance.”
Since Sunday, the region has been experiencing cloudy skies with moderate to at times heavy rainfall, which may possibly result in landslides and flooding in low-lying areas, according to a forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Under the Local Government Code, governors and mayors are allowed to suspend classes as chairman of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council especially during disasters and calamities to ensure the safety of learners.
Not covered by work suspension are those involved in the maintenance of peace and order, disaster risk management, health and sanitation, and traffic management.
Meanwhile, the weather bureau has advised people living near mountain slopes and low-lying areas near river systems to take precautionary measures as continuous rainfall may trigger landslides and flooding.
At 3 a.m. on Monday, the LPA was estimated based on all available data at 580 kilometers east of Davao City. (PNA)