MMDA suspends number coding
MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday suspended the number coding scheme as the country's capital continues to bear the brunt of tropical storm "Maring" and the enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat).
This means that vehicles with plate number ending in numbers 3 and 4 are already allowed to use Metro Manila's roads.
ADVISORY: Number Coding is LIFTED TODAY AUGUST 20,2013 #mmda
— Official MMDA (@MMDA) August 20, 2013
The Office of the President earlier suspended work in government offices in Metro Manila due to severe flooding.
Around 2 hours after announcing that work would resume on Tuesday despite an orange rainfall warning alert issued by PAGASA at 5 a.m., Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Malacanang decided to suspend work due to severe flooding in parts of Metro Manila.
"In the light of the severe flooding in some parts of Metro Manila and with the Orange Rainfall Advisory, upon both the recommendation of MMDA and PAGASA, the Executive Secretary has ordered today the suspension of work in the government offices in Metro Manila today, August 20 except those involved in disaster risk reduction and management," Lacierda said in a text message sent at around 7:15 a.m.
In a recent development, PAGASA has upgraded the rainfall advisory to "red."
In an advisory issued 7:30 a.m., PAGASA said heavy to torrential rains are currently affecting Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Bulacan, Zambales, Cavite, Bataan, Pampanga and Occidental Mindoro.
Moderate to heavy rains affecting Batangas, Laguna and Quezon are also most likely to continue for the next 3 hours.