As heavy rains continue to batter Metro Manila since Monday night, Malacanang announced the suspension of classes and work in government and private offices in Metro Manila and nine provinces today.
Malacanang issued Memorandum Circular No. 33 suspending classes at the college level and work in government offices in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nine provinces in Luzon -- Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.
Meanwhile, in his twitter account (https://twitter.com/dawende), Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said, "At 9.40 a.m., Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. suspends work in private offices in NCR, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal n Bulacan."
“Upon the recommendation of Pagasa and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by the southwest monsoon [Habagat], work in government offices and classes in college level in NCR [National Capital Region], provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite and Rizal are hereby suspended today, 07August 2012,” the Palace said in its Memorandum Circular No. 33 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr.
The same directive, however, said that agencies “whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of vital public services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.” (PIA)