• No classes in all levels as Labuyo batters Pangasinan


    Governor Amado Espino Jr. on Monday ordered the suspension of classes in all levels as Pangasinan province is now among the provinces in Luzon placed under typhoon signal no. 3.

    Provincial Information Officer Butch Velasco said Espino also placed on full alert the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) which he convened Sunday night.

    He ordered the PDRRMC to monitor the situation in 47 towns and cities 24/7 as strong winds and heavy rains continue to batter the province from dawn until Monday morning.

    Velasco said that despite the heavy rains, the water in the reservoir of the San Roque Dam in San Manuel town is still way below the critical level of 280 meters above sea level (MASL).

    In view of the stormy situation, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan also cancelled its scheduled regular session on Monday.

    In Dagupan City, Mayor Belen Fernandez also ordered the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) to regularly monitor the situation in the city’s 31 barangays and determine whether there is a need to evacuate residents, especially those from flood-prone areas.

    Monitoring teams formed by CDRRMC Executive Director Roland de Guzman were fanned out to Barangays Lasip Chico, Lasip Grande, Bacayao Sur, Bacayao Norte, Pogo Grande and Barangay Pantal, all flood-prone areas of the city.

    Meanwhile, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has announced that in view of Typhoon Labuyo, sea travel is risky in the western seaboards of Luzon.

    OCD said included in typhoon signal No. 3 in Region 1 are the provinces of La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. PNA


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