Palace suspends gov’t work, college classes in Metro Manila

Posted at 07/30/12 3:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – The Palace suspended college classes and work in all government agencies in Metro Manila on Monday afternoon due to tropical storm “Gener”.

Executive Secretary Paquito ‘Jojo’ Ochoa Jr. signed Memorandum Circular 32, announcing that government work and college classes in Metro Manila were suspended starting 2:30 p.m.

In the circular, government employees who have tasks involving relief and rescue operations during the typhoon are excluded in the work suspension.

"Those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services," the circular said.

The SC has also suspended work in the high court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Court of Tax Appeals, and trial courts all over Metro Manila starting at 3 p.m. today.

Executive judges have the discretion to suspend work in courts elsewhere in the country.

Based on PAGASA’s 11 a.m. weather bulletin, tropical storm Gener maintained its north northwest direction at 11 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA said Gener continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains and moderate to strong winds over Luzon and Visayas especially the western section.

As of 10 a.m., the topical storm was spotted at 360 kilometers east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 290 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes. -- with a report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News