“Ulysses” shuts down government offices, schools
MANILA – Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea suspended government work at school classes at all levels due to the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) due to the inclement weather brought by Typhoon “Ulysses.”
In his Memorandum Circular No. 83, Medialdea said the affected areas in the suspension of work and classes are Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and the National Capital Region (NCR).
The suspension of work and classes began at 3:00 P.M. today and will be until tomorrow, Thursday, November 12.
However, agencies into the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services “shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services,” Secretary Medialdea said.
Private companies will have to decide on their own whether to take the government’s lead.
Over in Malacanang, Presidential Spokesman Secretary Harry Roque said the Palace is closely monitoring the movement of the latest weather disturbance.
“We leave the suspension of work for private companies, offices and schools to their respective heads’ discretion,” Secretary Roque said.
He added concerned government agencies are on standby 24/7 and have already prepositioned relief goods, supplies and medicines. He explained the NDRRMC Operations Center is in touch with their regional offices and councils as well as local government units where Typhoon “Ulysses” is expected to pass.
“We ask the residents of areas that will be affected to regularly monitor and follow weather advisories and government announcements, secure their house and vehicle, cooperate with authorities when an evacuation notice is issued, postpone travels to avoid getting stranded and stay indoors to avoid injuries from flying debris,” Secretary Roque further said.(Melo M. Acuña)