Officials of this mountain resort and Province of Benguet Tuesday ordered class suspensions to avoid danger to pupils and students from the threat of more flooding and landslides due to the lingering monsoon rains activated by typhoon “Maring”.
City mayor Mauricio Domogan halted the resumption of classes of the more than 10,000 pupils in the kindergarten and elementary levels due to his concern on the debris along their way to their schools, mostly perching within mountainsides.
Heavy rains started here since Friday and this mountain resort 250 kilometers north of Manila was not spared from flooding and landslides.
The government’s disaster preparedness however resulted to absence of any casualty, and there was no considerable damage to properties.
Efren Dalipog, weatherman of the local office of the Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the inclement weather could still last up to Wednesday.
On the other hand, Benguet provincial governor Nestor Fongwan also announced the suspension of classes of pre-schools, but gave blanket authority and discretion of parents and school heads to suspend classes if needed in all the 13 municipalities of the province.
He however said that all mining operations remain suspended.
Fongwan said that all roads leading to nearby Baguio City and the capital town of La Trinidad remain open as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sustained its clearing operations on 24-hour basis.
Most clearing operations to sustain the passability of vehicles are along Kennon Road, Halsema Highway and Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road which are very vital to the commerce and industry in the area.
Some provincial roads like in Bakun and Kapangan towns in the northern part of the province remained closed since Sunday due to landslides but Fongwan is hopeful for their eventual re-opening once the weather clears.
He added that Benguet farmers making use of their greenhouses continue to produce the average of more than 2,000 tons of fresh vegetables and fruits shipped to various commercial centers including Metro Manila. PNA