Four towns in the province of Bohol have suspended classes in all levels for both private and public schools on Friday as Typhoon Ompong continued to barrel towards the country’s northern region.
According to Desiderio Deligero of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Bohol, the local government units of Garcia Hernandez, Valencia, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia and Jagna have suspended classes in their respective areas.
The towns cancelled classes based on assessments made by their respective Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils, said Deligero.
The DepEd is still waiting for other towns to announce the cancellation of classes.
Leonard Samar, chief of the state weather bureau’s local office, said that several areas in Bohol started to experience rains starting 1 a.m. on Friday.
Rainfall accompanied by strong winds further intensified at around 4 a.m. due to storm-enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat, he said.
According to PAGASA’s 8 a.m. bulletin, Ompong was last spotted 605 km east of Baler Aurora packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.
It was heading northwest at 20 kph. (A. Doydora)