Ilocos Sur suspends classes, work in public establishments as Betty nears
LAOAG CITY, Ilocos Norte—Ilocos Sur Gov. Jeremias “Jerry” Singson has declared the suspension of classes in private and public schools in all levels and work in public offices on Monday as northern Luzon braced for Super Typhoon Betty (international name: Mawar).
In an Executive Order (EO) issued on Saturday, Singson said that the work and class suspension was made as a “safety measure and in order to minimize the adverse effects and damage” of the super typhoon.
The decision to suspend work in private businesses and offices is at the discretion of their respective heads, according to Singson.
Singson further ordered all departments associated with critical emergency services, disaster risk reduction and management, and all hospital and health services to ensure adequate manpower for uninterrupted public service.
Local government units have also been directed to monitor their areas closely and to take necessary measures to protect residents and properties.
If evacuation becomes necessary, Singson encouraged the public to adhere to minimum public health standards and cooperate with authorities.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration reported that Super Typhoon Betty was located 1,170 km east of Central Luzon.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 has been raised over the eastern portion of Cagayan, including Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Lal-Lo, Gattaran, Baggao, Peñablanca, Santa Teresita, Buguey, as well as Babuyan and Camiguin Islands. Additionally, the eastern portion of Isabela (Maconacon, Divilacan, Dinapigue, Palanan, San Mariano, Ilagan City, Tumauini, San Pablo, Cabagan) is also under TCWS No. 1.