No classes in public schools, too
MANILA - Malacañang suspended work in government offices and classes in public schools in Metro Manila on Friday afternoon.
In memorandum circular no. 2, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the Palace said the suspension is effective 1 p.m.
The suspension was recommended by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) amid the inclement weather brought about by typhoon "Butchoy" and the enhanced southwest monsoon or "habagat."
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However, agencies "whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services" must continue with their operations, the Palace said.
Suspension of classes in private schools and work in private companies, meanwhile, was left to the discretion of their heads.
State weather bureau PAGASA said Butchoy has weakened after making landfall in Taiwan, but it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring rains over Luzon.
Butchoy was expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility this afternoon. - Report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM