ILOILO CITY--While the city and province of Iloilo are not under any storm signal
due to typhoon Ompong, several ships and passengers have been stranded.
Weather forecasters raised on Friday storm signal
number 4 in Cagayan and northern Isabela as rain and wind spawned by Typhoon Ompong are already felt in Northern and Central Luzon.
Forecasters in Hong Kong and Macau raised a storm signal
two notches below the maximum, forcing schools and businesses to close, ferry operators to halt services and airlines to delay or cancel some flights.
No 2 has been hoisted in at least nine areas in Northern Luzon as tropical storm Doksuri (local name: Dindo) continues its north-westerly track bringing 100 kilometre per hour winds.
Under HB 6072, Malacanang and other authorities can suspend classes and work at Storm Signal
'Local government units - not DepEd - decide on and announce class suspensions within their areas of jurisdiction in the absence of a storm signal
,' Briones added.
Although the typhoon swerved toward Central Visayas, it was not until a big part of Mindanao was placed on storm signal
Although Juaning is hovering over the Pacific Ocean, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised storm signal
number two on four southern Luzon provinces and signal number one on Metro Manila and 27 central and northern Luzon provinces.
Briones also noted that as to the announcement of class suspensions due to inclement weather, the DepEd's policy remains wherein "classes in affected areas are automatically suspended based on the PAGASA declared storm signals
, while local government units (LGUs)--not DepEd--decide on and announce class suspensions within their areas of jurisdiction during calamities in the absence of a storm signal
PAGASA said that moderate to heavy rains were expected in areas under Storm Signal
Number 1 as well as Bicol region, Samar provinces, southern Quezon, Panay Island and the rest of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, collectively known as MIMAROPA.
The Philippine Atmosheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAG-ASA), by noontime yesterday declared the national capital region, as well as several adjacent provinces, under storm signal
No 1 as rains drenched the area, causing flooding in some parts.