LEGAZPI CITY: The provinces of Albay and Camarines Sur in the Bicol region ordered the suspension of classes in all levels on Thursday morning as the low pressure area intensified into tropical depression Kabayan.
“For public safety, public welfare and public health, we are suspending classes at all levels in all areas, public and private schools after consulting Albay Pdrrmc executive officers,” Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said in his directive.
Salceda, chairman of the provincial disaster risk reduction management council, said moderate rainfall can trigger floods and landslides.
Similarly, Camarines Sur Gov. Miguel “Migz” Villafuerte and Naga City Mayor John Bongat issued suspension of classes in all levels.
“The low pressure area seen in the Visayas has intensified into a tropical depression and was named Kabayan,” the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Thursday.
As of 4 p.m. on Thursday, Kabayan was estimated at 105 kilometers North-Northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte with maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and is forecast to move Northwest at 20 kph.
Public Storm Signal No. 1 is raised in 19 provinces: Southern Isabela, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Aurora and Northern Quezon including Polillo Island.
The tropical depression is predicted to make landfall in Aurora province by early Friday morning and will cut across Luzon. Kabayan is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday morning.