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(UPDATE 2) Classes in some Metro cities suspended

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 10, 2008

By Abigail Kwok, Beverly T. Natividad, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 13:01:00 09/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines – Classes were suspended totally or partially in some Metro Manila cities after strong rains spawned by Typhoon “Marce” (international codename: Sinlaku) flooded many areas of the national capital region.

The local school divisions of Taguig, Las Piñas and Pateros suspended classes on all levels suspended Wednesday afternoon.

Classes were also suspended on all levels in Pasay and Pasig cities, while in Quezon City, elementary classes were called off, the Office of Civil Defense said.

In Mandaluyong, only classes at the Andres Bonifacio Integrated School in Welfareville, Barangay (village) Addition Hills were cancelled by education officials.

Earlier, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said it was leaving it to local government and school officials whether or not to suspend classes in their respective areas because the state weather bureau had forecast only intermittent rains in the metropolis, “interspersed, with periods of clear sky.”

“We are not recommending the suspension of classes as we do not see any intense rain band hitting NCR [National Capital Region],” said NDCC administrator Anthony Golez, concurrent deputy spokesman of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“However, for areas easily flooded with sustained rains… local government units and school officials may make decisions on the suspension [of classes],” he said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration expects Marce will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday or Saturday.

Katherine Evangelista, Joel Guinto,

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