ADVISORY | Classes suspended in QC, Manila, Paranaque as more areas under 'yellow' rainfall warning
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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE 2 - 12:02 p.m.) Afternoon classes for Friday have been cancelled in Quezon City in both public and private schools, in the elementary and HS levels, according to Mayor Herbert Bautista.
QC City Hall joins the local governments of Manila and Paranaque cities that suspended classes Friday morning as incessant rains continued to drench the National Capital Region and a wide swathe of Luzon.
Taytay, Rizal also suspended elementary classes.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim announced the suspension of classes on all levels in the city’s public schools, adding that similar suspensions in private institutions were up to the discretion of school administrators. The following private schools announced suspensions:
- UST - suspended all levels
- Lyceum University - suspended as of 12 pm
- Letran - classes in basic education suspended starting 2pm
- St. Scholastica's College
In Paranaque, the suspension, also on all levels, covers both public and private schools.
At 11 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration widened the coverage of the “yellow” rainfall alert it issued earlier in the day to include Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales.
Its original alert covered only the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region.
Under Pagasa’s three-tier rainfall alert system, a yellow warning is raised when flooding is possible after an hour’s heavy rains with the likelihood of continuing for two more hours.
An orange warning signals possible evacuation while the highest level, red, means residents in affected areas should move to higher ground.
Pagasa earlier urged disaster agencies to take precautionary measures.
The rains over Luzon are caused by the northeast monsoon or “amihan.”
Coastal waters will also be moderate to rough and fishing boats and other small vessels are advised not to sail in Northern and Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and the Visayas.