The Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, July 13, suspended classes in private and public schools in a number of provinces in Luzon, including Metro Manila at the pre-school and elementary levels this afternoon as Tropical Storm Basyang intensified into a typhoon and changed direction, this time heading toward Central Luzon.
Weather bureau PAGASA on Tuesday announced Public Storm Signal no. 1 in Metro Manila as typhoon “Basyang” (international codename: Conson) increased its strength and the change in direction.
“Tinatawagan po lahat ng ating school division superintendents na mag-suspend ng classes kung Signal No. 1 sa NCR, pre-elementary and elementary,” said Dr. Flordeliza Magday, officer in charge of the DepEd NCR.
Magday said the suspension only covered afternoon classes because students in the morning had already gone home by this time.
Typhoon Basyang which was earlier thought to make landfall over the northern Luzon province of Isabela – is now expected to first hit the Aurora-Quezon area.
PAGASA raised Storm Signal No. 3 over Catanduanes Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon and Pollilo island and Aurora.
“If the typhoon continues on track, we could raise Storm Signal No. 2 in Metro Manila because the storm will be nearer. We will also experience heavier rain because of the effect of the southwest monsoon,” PAGASA Administrator Prisco Nilo said.