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TO SAFETY A boy carries pillows and other belongings as he and other residents of Aplaya in Noveleta, Cavite rushed to seek shelter at a public school ahead of the landfall of Super Typhoon ‘Karding’ on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. PHOTO BY JOHN RYAN BALDEMOR
PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday approved the suspension of work and classes in several regions affected by Super Typhoon “Karding.”
“The President has approved the recommendation of the NDRRMC for the suspension of work and classes due to Typhoon Karding,” Press Secretary Rose Beatrix “Trixie” Cruz-Angeles said in a text message to reporters.
Marcos is also “in constant communication” with Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos for possible evacuations, especially in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding, the official added.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council recommended to the Chief Executive the suspension of work in government offices in Metro Manila, Region 1 (Ilocos), Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), Region 5 (Bicol), Cordillera Administrative Region, Calabarzon (Cavite , Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan).
“The recommended suspension will prevent any untoward incidents and will ensure the safety of the general public,” the agency said.
Ahead of the President’s move, several cities in Metro Manila called off classes for today, September 26, because of Karding (international name: “Noru”).
Storm Signal No. 4 was raised in some areas in Metro Manila on Sunday as Karding was forecast to cut across Central Luzon.
The governments of Manila, Pasig and Quezon Cities announced the suspension of classes.
The Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City and the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila also suspended classes in all levels for today.
The Supreme Court suspended court operations in Regions 3 to 5 and the National Capital Region because of Karding.
Acting Chief Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen wrote on Twitter that judges and justices in the other regions can decide whether to call off court proceedings.
Covered by the directive are Region 3 (Central Luzon), Regions 4 and 5 (Southern Luzon), and the National Capital Judicial Region.
The Senate will not hold session today because of the typhoon.
Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri issued the suspension of work order on Sunday through Senate Secretary Renato Bantug Jr.
He said the Senate will resume session on Tuesday.