Laguna Gov suspends classes Friday

August 10, 2012 2:22 am 

STA. CRUZ, Laguna, Aug. 9 –- Gov. Jeorge “ER” Ejercito Estregan Thursday afternoon announced the suspension of classes from preschool to postgraduate level in both public and private schools in Laguna on Friday, August 10.

Ejercito Estregan’ s order, suspending classes in all levels, was the third he issued as he also suspended classes in all levels from preschool to college on Wednesday and Thursday, in both public and private schools in the province.

The provincial governor, however, said local officials and employees from the provincial, municipal/city and barangay must report to their repective offices to perform their mandated duties and responsibilities, as well as lead in non-government organizations and the public in disaster management efforts.

Ejercito Estregan said the suspension of classes is aimed at giving students, teachers/instructors and administrators to undertake massive clean up of their schools as the southwest moonson (hanging habagat) and the weather condition appear to be mproving and going normal.

He said that more than 200 schools (public and private) are being used as evacuation centers housing almost 60,000 affected families or roughly 300,000 residents, particularly those residing in low-lying barangays and villages provincewide.

The Philippine Atmospheric , Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) had announced that moonson rains might finally simmer down on Friday, the governor said.

Ejercito Estregan on Wednesday declared Laguna province under a state of calamity after neck and waist-deep flood waters brought about by moonson rains submerged most of the barangays in 18 of Laguna’s 30 towns and cities since Monday.

Hard hit by hanging habagat are barangays and towns along Laguna Lake from San Pedro town bordering Muntinlupa City in the north to Siniloan in the eastern section of the province.

Laguna’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) said Governor Jeorge “‘ER” Ejercito Estregan has decided to adopt Memorandum Circular No. 34 released by Malacanang relating to protection and evacuation of people, and provision of facilities including food, during calamities

PDRRMO Administrative Division Staff Jane Mae H. Nolasco said the provincial government and PDRRMO have stepped up assessment of the current situation of the province and consolidating status reports from local government units, non-government organizations, civic groups, and individuals to ensure providing not only the basic needs of residents, but providing required services such as health medical services, repairs and rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure, houses, and the like.

The PDRRMO advised the public to take proper precautions and contribute to the efforts of the Provincial Government of Laguna and other groups in helping victims of the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat).

PDRRMO is in need of volunteers, preferably those who have attended their Disaster Preparedness Training, to assist them in rescue operations. For more information, contact PDRRMO at (049) 501-4676 or (049) 501-4672 or visit their office at J. De leon St., Santa Cruz, Laguna in front of the Laguna Provincial Hospital. (PNA) FPV/Francis Jay M. Bilowan

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