ISABELA, CAGAYAN SUSPEND CLASSES AHEAD OF ‘ROSITA’
CITY OF ILAGAN -- Isabela Governor Faustino Dy III has suspended classes in all levels in both public and private schools from Monday to Wednesday, media consultant Romeo Santos told the Philippine News Agency on Monday.
Work in government and private offices would also be halted on Tuesday and Wednesday, he added.
The provincial capitol, though, had a half-day suspension of work on Monday while response teams and frontliners would be on standby at the command center, he added.
"The cancellation would ensure safety of schoolers and workers and that they could prepare their houses and families into safety,” he said.
In Cagayan, Governor Manuel Mamba also ordered the cancellation of classes in all public and private schools starting Monday while work in government and private offices would be cancelled on Tuesday to allow them to prepare for the safety of their families.
Only frontline agencies on rescue and health, among others, would be on standby for typhoon response, he added.
A liquor ban was also hoisted since last night. Senior Supt. Warren Tolito, Cagayan police director, said they will immediately arrest violators of the liquor ban.
Evacuation preps in place for 'Rosita': OCD-2
CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela -- Provinces in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) have well-prepared evacuation, rescue and communications systems as villagers brace for Typhoon Rosita, a civil defense official said Monday.
Office of the Civil Defense regional director Dante Balao said he had monitored “strict compliance” of local government units with pre-emptive evacuations, as well as forced evacuation if needed, that would be immediately carried out - especially in shorelines and landslide-prone areas.
Balao said villagers in low-lying villages had started to arrive at evacuation sites, apparently because they had learned their lessons from Typhoon Ompong.
“The residents here had learned their lessons in the past typhoons so they are automatically prepared and evacuating if there is a typhoon,” Balao told reporters on Monday.
At least 30,000 food packs, medicine and water were prepared, he added.
Radio frequency communication facilities were already working, as telecommunications would usually bog down during and after the typhoon, he said. (PNA)