No work in gov't offices; classes suspended
MANILA (1st UPDATE) - The Office of the President suspended classes in all levels in Metro Manila and 12 other areas on Monday as Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) extended anew the red rainfall alert at 3:15 a.m.
The areas affected by the suspension are:
In a text message, Presidential spokeperson Edwin Lacierda said Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa also suspended work in government offices in Metro Manila except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management.
Lacierda said the suspension was upon the recommendation of PAGASA.
Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno also suspended work in all courts in the National Capital Region due to the bad weather.
For courts outside the NCR, the suspension will be at the discretion of the executive judge.
The suspension in the judiciary covers the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, and lower courts in the NCR.
Weather bureau PAGASA extended on Monday morning its red rainfall warning over Metro Manila and other areas.
In its advisory issued at 6:15 a.m., PAGASA said heavy to intense rains will affect Metro Manila, Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Tarlac, Bulacan, Occidental Mindoro and Northern Quezon for the next 3 hours.
Meanwhile moderate to heavy rains affecting Nueva Ecija and the rest of Quezon will most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.
"SEVERE FLOODING is expected. ALL are advised to take precautionary measures," PAGASA said.
La Mesa Dam alert
Meantime, La Mesa Dam was placed on red alert as of 2 a.m. Monday, and residents along Tullahan River were urged to evacuate.
According to PAGASA hydrologist Eva de Paz, the water level at La Mesa Dam was at 79.61 as of 2 a.m. or 0.64 meters short its spilling level of 80.15 meters.
As of 6 a.m., La Mesa Dam was still on red alert with its water level at 79.69 am.
This means people in low-lying and critical areas affected by a spillover should prepare to evacuate.- with reports from Willard Cheng, Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News