‘Basyang’ forces LGUs to suspend classes

BACOLOD City – Tropical Storm Basyang forced local government units (LGUs) and schools in Negros to suspend classes due to fears of flooding.

Late evening of Feb 12, 2018, the mayors of the cities of Bacolod and Cadiz issued respective executive orders ordering the suspension of classes.

Other LGUs in Negros Occidental such as Himamaylan, Bago, and the town of Pontevedra also halted classes at all levels.

Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo also suspended classes yesterday morning.

In Bacolod City, among the private schools that have canceled classes on all levels are La Consolacion College-Bacolod, University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, St.Joseph School-La Salle, and Bacolod Taytung High School.

Classes were also halted at the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod, Riverside College, and Colegio De San Agustin-Bacolod, although only for pre-school to high school levels.

City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) cluster head Joemarie Vargas said the city’s division of the Department of Education (DepEd) also canceled classes and prepared the classrooms in the city as temporary shelters for evacuees.

The CDRRMO was also declared on red alert status yesterday in order to monitor for possible flooding here.

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