SEVERAL cities and provinces suspended classes for today, Monday, with rains due to the southwest monsoon expected to prevail over Metro Manila and several Luzon provinces this week.
The weather bureau said Metro Manila and the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite and Mindoro could expect flash floods due to continuous rains.
The Cordillera region, Western Visayas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Palawan and the rest of Luzon will experience occasional rains. Mindanao will experience isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.
Residents near La Mesa Dam were urged to evacuate. The Marikina River, now at Alert Level 2, opened eight gates.
Rainy weather is expected to stay for the next four days, the weather bureau said.
Thirteen cities in the National Capital Region (NCR) announced class suspensions in all levels for today, Monday.
These are the cities of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malabon, Manila, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig and Valenzuela.
Near the NCR, the municipalities of Cainta, Rodriguez and San Mateo in Rizal also suspended classes for Aug. 15.
In Central Luzon, classes in all levels are suspended in Nueva Ecija, Bataan and Tarlac today. Localized suspensions of classes were declared in the provinces of Pampanga and Zambales.
In Pampanga, local executives from the cities of San Fernando, Mabalacat and Angeles as well as the towns of Sasmuan, Santo Tomas, Guagua, Minalin, Magalang, Bacolor, Macabebe, Santa Ana, Apalit, Lubao, Arayat, San Luis, Floridablanca and Santa Rita declared the suspension of classes in all levels, both in public and private schools, today.
Pre-school to high school level classes are suspended in the towns of Masantol, Mexico, San Simon, Porac and Candaba.
In Zambales, Olongapo and Subic also declared the suspension of classes in all levels.
In Pangasinan, classes up to high school are suspended in Alaminos and San Carlos cities, as well as in the municipalities of Lingayen, Mangaldan and Calasiao.
Dagupan suspended classes in all levels.