By Rjhay E. Laurea
QUEZON CITY — The Quezon City government suspended its operations for Monday (September 26) and urged other private companies and businesses to halt operations or set up a work-from-home system due to super typhoon “Karding”.
In a memorandum signed by Mayor Joy Belmonte and issued Sunday (September 25) in the afternoon, the local chief executive cited the earlier weather advisory from the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) placing Metro Manila under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3.
“Karding” which intensified as it moves closer to the province of Quezon brought the northern part of Metro Manila under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 4 later Sunday afternoon.
Based on DOST-PAGASA weather advisory as of 2:00 pm of September 25, from Sunday afternoon through Monday (September 26) early morning, heavy to intense with at times torrential rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, Rizal, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be felt over Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, the central portion of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro and Camarines Norte. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of CALABARZON and Bicol Region.
On Monday early morning through early afternoon, heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan while moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of Central Luzon. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of CALABARZON.
“In connection to this, work in Quezon City local government is hereby suspended on September 26, Monday. Essential services which include law enforcement, traffic management, fire protection, health and rescue, disaster response and management among others, shall remain uninterrupted,” Belmonte said in her memorandum.
While classes are automatically suspended as per DepEd Order No. 37 s. 2022, Belmonte urged private companies and businesses to temporarily suspend operations or implement a work-from-home set-up or other suitable working schemes. Private companies must also prepare sleeping quarters or shuttle services for their essential employees as needed. (ai/mtvn)