MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Malacañang has ordered the suspension of college classes and work in government offices in Metro Manila and other areas Tuesday because of heavy rains and floods.
The other areas covered by Memorandum Circular No. 33, series of 2012 that was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. are Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.
Ochoa, in the memorandum said decision to suspend classes and work was based on a recommendation made by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) amid the heavy rains being experienced in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
"However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services," the order said.
Here is the updated list of class, work suspensions on Tuesday, August 7.
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Metro Manila - college classes, government offices
- Manila - all levels
- Quezon City - all levels
- Caloocan City - all levels
- Las Piñas City - all levels
- Valenzuela City - all levels
- Muntinlupa City - all levels
- Navotas City - all levels
- Taguig City - all levels
- San Juan - all levels
- Pasay City - all levels
- Parañaque - all levels
- Makati - all levels
- Marikina - all levels
- Pateros - all levels
- Pasig City - all levels
- Malabon City - all levels
Outside Metro Manila
- Zambales - college classes, government offices
- Bataan - college classes, government offices
- Pampanga - college classes, government offices
- Pangasinan - college classes, government offices
- Tarlac - college classes, government offices
- Cavite - college classes, government offices
- Rizal - college classes, government offices
- Bulacan - college classes, government offices
- Laguna province - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Cavite province - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Antipolo City - all levels, public and private
- Taytay, Rizal - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Binangonan, Rizal - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Cainta, Rizal - pre-school to high school, public and private
- San Pedro, Laguna - all levels; government offices
- Balanga, Bataan - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Rodriguez, Rizal, all levels, public and private; government offices
- Kawit, Cavite - pre-school to high school, public and private; government offices
- Pilar, Bataan - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Teresa, Rizal - all levels, public and private; government offices
- San Mateo, Rizal - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Obando, Bulacan - all levels, public and private; government offices
- Calumpit, Bulacan - all levels, public and private; government offices
Classes in the following schools and universities have also been suspended:
- Adamson University - all classes and office work
- Arellano University-Malabon - classes and office work
- Asia-Pacific College - all classes
- Ateneo de Manila University - all levels, grade school to graduate school
- Ateneo Law School, Graduate School of Business, School of Medicine and Public Health, Salcedo campus - all classes
- Centro Escolar University - all classes and office work
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran - all levels
- Colegio de San Lorenzo - all classes
- De La Salle University - Taft, extensions - all levels
- De La Salle-College of St. Benilde - all classes, office work
- Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (Bacolor and Mexico) - all classes
- Emilio Aguinaldo College-Manila - all classes
- Far Eastern University (Manila, Makati, East Asia College, Diliman, Cavite) - all classes
- Lyceum of the Philippines University - all classes and office work
- Manila Central University - all levels
- Miriam College - all levels
- National College of Business and Arts (Cubao, Fairview, Taytay) - all classes
- National University - all levels, office work
- Our Lady of Fatima University (Quezon City, Valenzuela campuses) - pre-school to high school
- Pasig Catholic College - all classes
- Philippine Christian University - all levels including graduate school
- Philippine College of Criminology - Manila Law College
- Philippine Women's University - all classes
- Polytechnic University Philippines - all levels
- Sacred Heart School (Malabon, Makati, Binondo, Sun Valley-Parañaque, Valenzuela, and Caloocan) - all classes
- Samson College - all levels, office work
- San Agustin Elementary School- Candaba - all classes
- SOFA Design Institute - all classes
- St. Paul College-Makati - pre-school to high school
- St. Scholastica's College - all levels, including graduate school
- Technological Institute of the Philippines
- Trinity University of Asia - all levels, including offices
- University of Sto. Tomas - all levels, including graduate school; office work suspended
- University of the East - Manila and Caloocan - all levels
- University of Perpetual Help- Las Piñas - all levels
- University of the Philipines-Manila - all classes and office work suspended
- University of the Philippines-Diliman - all classes
- University of the Philippines-Los Baños - all classes
- Xavier School - all classes
Death toll rises to 51
Meanwhile, the death toll from over a week of floods in the country rose to 51 as rain continued to pour, causing dams to overflow and forcing more people to flee their homes, officials said Monday.
The number of deaths, previously at 45, rose as more bodies of missing people turned up, with one man drowning early Monday, said civil defense chief Benito Ramos.
Six people remain missing, including children who went swimming despite the bad weather that began last week as Typhoon Gener approached the country, he added.
Although the Philippines escaped a direct hit, it worsened monsoon rains which continued even after the cyclone moved north, away from the Philippines.
"They have been evacuating more people since this morning. The waters are still rising because it just keeps raining," Ramos told AFP.
La Mesa Dam, the main reservoir of Metro Manila, which has a population of 15 million, began to overflow Monday, forcing the evacuation of over 1,000 residents living beside nearby waterways, the Metro Manila flood control office said.
However, more people still remain in these areas, many of them squatters who built shanties on riverbanks, said Edna Conda, duty officer at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
"Often they don't want to leave. They say they are used to floods but we don't want to take chances," she said.
In the residential suburb of Quezon City, some areas reported floodwaters reaching the second floor of buildings, forcing various government agencies to rush rubber boats to the area, Conda said.
Other parts of the capital suffered knee- to waist-deep floods snarling traffic for hours, authorities said.
Even before the dam overflowed the government had more than 9,000 people huddled in makeshift evacuation centres, such as schools and basketball courts. - with a report from Agence France-Presse