Published: Tue, August 20, 2013
Several areas are under state of calamity due mainly to flooding caused by the southwest monsoon influenced by Tropical Storm Maring.
These areas are the province of Cavite; the towns of Narvacan and Santa Maria in Ilocos Sur; San Pedro, Santa Rosa, Calamba, Cabuyao, and Biñan in Laguna, and the town of Dinalupihan in Bataan.
The weather bureau PAGASA reported in its Tuesday morning forecast that the southwest monsoon will continue affecting Luzon and Visayas.
Malacañan suspended work in government offices in Metro Manila, even as the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) ordered the suspension of all classes in Metro Manila.
NDRRMC also reported three people dead, so far, and 11 injured, with 4 others missing due to the inclement weather conditions.
The continued onslaught of severe monsoon rains Tuesday over Luzon prompted several local government units to extend the suspension of classes in schools.
Classes in all levels of private and public schools in Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Pasay, Pateros, Las Piñas, Manila, Taguig, San Juan, Makati, Malabon and Quezon City have been suspended.
The same holds for classes suspended at all levels of public and private schools in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, and Bataan.
The municipalities of San Fernando, Porac, Guagua, and Floridablanca in Pampanga have also cancelled classes in all levels, likewise in Calumpit, Meycauayan, and Obando in Bulacan; Cainta, Taytay, and Rodriguez in Rizal; and in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.
Classes from preschool to high school are suspended in Mandaluyong City, Valenzuela City, Navotas, Marikina City, Caloocan City, and Pasig City.
At 4 am, Tropical Storm Maring (international name Trami) was estimated at 600 km east of Itbayat, Batanes at coordinates 20.5°N, 128.4°E, with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gusts of up to 120 kph, expected to move north at 11 kph.
The whole of Luzon and western Visayas will experience monsoon rains that may trigger flash floods and landslides.
The rest of the Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy, with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
In related developments, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno ordered the suspension of work in the courts of the National Capital Judicial Region, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, and the Sandiganbayan.
For courts outside the National Capital Judicial Region, the discretion is given to the Executive Judges to suspend offices.
The oral argument on the Reproductive Health Law was reset to August 27 at 2 pm.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista announced likewise that work in all offices in Quezon City were suspended.
The city government of Pasay also suspended work in its city hall.
In his Twitter account, Senate President Franklin Drilon said work in the Senate has been suspended.