BUTUAN CITY: The risk reduction management councils in the Caraga region have been alerted as the low pressure area affecting the region during the past few days has now escalated into tropical depression named Quennie. Signal No. 1 is now hoisted over Caraga region.
As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. of Butuan City, with the concurrence of City Schools Division Superintendent Josita Car- men, suspended classes at pre-school and elementary school levels in both public and private schools.
The public is advised to stay alert for possible flash floods and landslides as intermittent downpour has been experienced since Tuesday night. Continued monitoring of the latest weather updates is also similarly advised.
Agusan del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) chaired by Gov. Ma. Angelica Rosedell Amante-Matba of Agusan del Norte enjoined all local risk reduction management councils in the province to activate and alert emergency response teams.
The PDRRMC is now implementing “Code White” for monitoring of alert level. PDRRMC chief Erma Suyo also advised all provincial risk reduction councils to submit reports of actions taken.
In Surigao City, the Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office reported that Surigao del Norte Philippine Coast Guard Commander Geoffrey Gervo confirmed the cancellation of trips of all types of sea vessels from Surigao to Siargao and vice-versa, Surigao to Dinagat Islands and vice-versa including those going to Cebu, Liloan and Southern Leyte.
The five provinces of the region are now under signal No. 1.