Monday, August 12, 2013

Gov. Espino declares suspension of classes up to secondary level tomorrow (August 13)

Capitol Bldg., Lingayen, Pangasinan
August 12, 2013

Gov. Espino declares suspension of classes up to
secondary level tomorrow (August 13)

Lingayen --- Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. has announced Monday evening that classes tomorrow, August 13, are suspended in the high school, elementary and preschool as the province is now under storm signal number two.

Owing to this, Gov. Espino said that the protocol on the suspension of classes has been observed and followed. Relative to this, there is no suspension of classes in college and work among government offices tomorrow (August 13).

The Governor said, however, that principals, supervisors, mayors and barangay captains are given the option to suspend classes in case flooding persistsin their respective localities.

“Gawin natin ito para sa kapakanan ng mga studyante most especially para sa mga pre-schoolers,” he added.

He also urged them to be responsible in safeguarding their constituents who were affected by the typhoon, mostly those who are living near the sea and rivers.

Early morning today (August 12), the Governor declared the suspension of classes in all school levels and work in all government offices except members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC)who are on full alert due to storm signal number 3 raised in our province.

He denounced that the text message circulating around Pangasinan referring to suspension of classes tomorrow in all school levels is not true, as he even told those conducting this disinformation campaign to stop confusing the people.

The PDRRMC is currently coordinating with its line agencies for the rescue of some 30 fisherfolks from Infanta and Bolinao who ventured to the sea yesterday and until now reportedly missing.
In response to this, a protocol for the rescue of fisherfolks will be adopted, he said.

“Nuon pang malayo ang bagyo sinasabihan na natin silang huwag pumalaot pero patuloy pa din sila kaya hanggang ngayon nagkakaproblema tayo,” he said.

The governor reported that the on-going construction of housing village in barangays Maniboc and Pangapisan in Lingayen as relocation site for informal settlers and those living in danger zones will be provided to provide them decent shelter and keep them safe during onslaught of natural disasters.

“Magmula nang nag-cleanup at dredging tayong rivers may mga nailipat na tayo. Kukumpletuhin natin silang ilipat lahat sa mga relocation houses na pinapagawa natin,” he said.

Gov. Espino assured the quick response of the PDRRMC and its various line agencies in areas affected as he advised the public to take precautionary measures to prevent dengue, leptospirosis and other illnesses in flooded areas.

The PDRRMC with its member agencies and offices are continuously monitoring the weather situation, prepared with disaster rescue equipment to respond to emergency cases whenever necessary.

About 107 families (517 Pangasinan residents) affected by typhoon Labuyo were transferred by the provincial government in three evacuation areas which are safe and secured.

Evacuated families are sheltered at Cayanga barangay hall in Bugallon (7 families, 24 persons), Calasiao Training Center (10 families, 43 persons) and DAPMECS in San Vicente, Urdaneta City (90 families, 450 persons).

Thirty fisherfolks from Infanta (19) and Bolinao (11) who ventured out to the sea are still reported missing.

The eye of typhoon Labuyo was located at 230kms Northwest of Baguio City or 200kms West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur as of 4pm of August 13. By tomorrow afternoon, the typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility.(PIO/Mark Gerry Naval Oblanca)
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