By Benjamin Cuaresma

The much-awaited “Grand Job Expo” originally set for Thursday, August 31, 2023, has regrettably been called off due to heavy rainfall overnight, resulting in flooding provoked by the southwest monsoon-influenced by typhoon Goring.

Fernan Bermejo, Director of the Manila Public Employment Office (PESO), indicated that approximately 500 to 1,000 individuals who were looking for job opportunities would have potentially secured employment through the planned Grand Job Expo, initially planned for Thursday, August 31, 2023, at San Pablo Apostol Parish Church in Velazquez, St, Tondo, Manila.

Further details about rescheduling the Grand Job Expo will be provided as soon as the weather situation stabilizes.

In a parallel development, Mayor Honey Lacuna of Manila has issued an official directive to suspend work for all Manila City Hall personnel and its affiliated branches, with the exception of the Disaster and Emergency Response units.

The Manila local government has also made the decision to suspend classes at all educational levels across both private and public schools within the city.

This encompasses both online and in-person instruction, owing to flooding across certain areas of Metro Manila caused by the intense overnight rainfall associated with the southwest monsoon. (ai/mnm)