Heavy rains trigger class suspensions anew

Posted at 08/01/2012 5:55 AM | Updated as of 08/01/2012 10:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines (18th UPDATE) - Heavy rains in Metro Manila and nearby areas have prompted authorities to suspend classes anew Wednesday morning.

These are the areas and schools where classes have been suspended so far:

  • Manila - preschool to high school (public only; afternoon shift)
  • Makati - preschool to high school (public only; afternoon shift)
  • Pasay City - preschool to high school (public only)
  • Quezon City - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Marikina - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Navotas City - preschool to high school (public and private); Navotas Polytechnic College
  • Mandaluyong - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • San Juan City - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Malabon - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Valenzuela
    • Rincon Elementary School
    • Pasolo Elementary School
    • Isla Elementary School
    • Tagalag Elementary School
    • Coloong Elementary School
    • Pio Valenzuela Elementary School
    • Wawangpulo Elementary School
    • A. Deato Elementary School
    • P.R. San Diego Elementary School
    • Polo National High School

Outside Metro Manila:

  • Rodriguez, Rizal - preschool to college (public and private)
  • San Mateo, Rizal - preschool to high school (public only; afternoon shift)
  • Obando, Bulacan - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Sta. Elena, Bulacan - preschool and elementary
  • Sasmuan, Pampanga - preschool and elementary
  • Guagua, Pampanga - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Imus City, Cavite - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Naic, Cavite - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Rosario, Cavite - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Tanza, Cavite - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Ternate, Cavite - preschool to high school (public and private)
  • Benguet - preschool to college (public and private)
  • Olongapo, Zambales - preschool to high school (public and private; afternoon shift)

Classes in the following schools and universities were also suspended:

  • Ateneo de Manila University - elementary and high school
  • De La Salle University (Taft, Makati and Ortigas campuses; including offices)
  • De La Salle - College of St. Benilde (starting 11:30 a.m.)
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (afternoon classes)
  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines (all Metro Manila campuses; starting 12 p.m.)
  • San Sebastian College Recoletos (starting 11:30 a.m.)
  • St. Scholastica's College Manila (elementary and high school - starting 2 p.m.; college - starting 3 p.m.)
  • Universidad de Manila (afternoon classes)
  • University of the Philippines - Manila (starting 1 p.m.; including offices)
  • University of the East (Manila and Caloocan) preschool to high school
  • University of Santo Tomas (starting 12 p.m.)
  • O.B. Montessori Center (all Metro Manila branches)
  • Casa de Soleil Child Develoment Center (Caloocan)
  • Great Redeemer Accelerated Christian Education College (Caloocan)
  • St. Catherine of Sienna Academy of Novaliches (Caloocan)
  • Jeremiah Christian Academy (Valenzuela)
  • Nuestra Senora De Guia Academy (Valenzuela)
  • PolyLove Academy (Valenzuela)
  • San Diego Parochial School (Valenzuela)
  • Niog Elementary School (Bacoor, Cavite)
  • Panapaan Elementary School (Bacoor, Cavite)
  • Ubihan Elementary School (Meycauayan, Bulacan)
  • Zamora Elementary School (Meycauayan, Bulacan)
  • Cawag High School Annex (Zambales)
  • Cawag Resettlement High School (Zambales)
  • Nagyantok High School (Zambales)
  • San Isidro High School (Zambales)

'Gener' leaves 12 dead

Rains and strong winds brought about by typhoon “Gener” (international name: Saola) left 12 people dead, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

NDRRMC said at least 303,941 people across 413 barangays nationwide were affected by the strong rains that started over the weekend. Of these, 4,619 are currently inside evacuation centers.

"It will take about four or five days for the waters to recede, assuming the rains stop now. But if it continues to rain, then naturally, these floodwaters will get even higher," NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos told Agence France-Presse.

State weather bureau PAGASA earlier said rains will persist for the next five days as the typhoon moves further away from the country.

Based on PAGASA's Wednesday 11 a.m. weather bulletin, Gener was last spotted 285 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday morning.

Gener is heading slowly northward to Taiwan, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center.

PAGASA said about 20 storms slam into the country from the Pacific every year, causing heavy casualties and damage. - with Agence France-Presse; dzMM