OBANDO, Bulacan: Classes in all levels in eight of 11 villages here were suspended on Monday due to heavy flooding caused by high tide.
Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said executive officer Liz Mungcal said the villages of Panghulo, Catanghalan, Pag-asa, Paliwas, Hulo, Tawiran, Binuangan and Salambao were submerged under 4 to 4.56 feet of flood water.
Mungcal said the flooding was also aggravated by the breaching of an earth dike located along the fishing village of Barangay Pag-Asa.
She said that local officials are still in the process of repairing the damaged earth dike which was destroyed when typhoon Glenda hit the country last month.
“They are having difficulty in repairing the breached earth dike due to high tide,” Mungcal said.
Classes were not suspended in the villages of San Pascual, Lawa and Paco where flooding was minimal.
Mayor Edwin Santos said that aside from the suspension of classes, many areas are now isolated as many roads were rendered impassable to light vehicles.
He said that even the municipal building was not spared as employees have to brave floods.
“We have decided to suspend classes because the students from those flooded areas would have hard time in going to schools,” Santos said.
He said that their dilemma was answered by the national government who planned to construct a dike to address the perennial planning but it was mothballed because of the controversy hounding the issuance of Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alva–rado instructed Mungcal to closely monitor the situation and coordinate with the PDRRMO of Obando.