Governor suspends classes as Davao del Norte placed under storm signal No. 1

By Anthony S. Allada

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Jan. 20 (PNA) -– Governor Rodolfo del Rosario on Monday ordered the suspension of classes from kindergarten to high school in the province.

OIC-Provincial Information Officer Romulo Tagalo said Del Rosario issued the order as part of precautionary measures being implemented by the province after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hoisted Signal No. 1 over Davao del Norte due to Tropical Depression “Agaton.”

Tagalo, who is also Executive Director of the joint Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) and Climate Change Adaptation Council, said the governor also activated the incident command center on Sunday, recalling the in-house RDR Rescue Team of the PDRRM Operation Center.

Last January 13, the governor also suspended classes in the province due to massive flooding that resulted from intermittent rains brought about by the low pressure area.

The PDRRM-Operation Center has since resumed monitoring the water level of the major rivers in the province, which swelled and caused widespread flooding in Tagum City and five other municipalities, as well as rendering some major roads impassable to vehicles last week.

PAGASA said that “Agaton” is forecast to move southeast at 5 kph and expected to be 155 km southeast of Davao City on Monday and 60 km southeast of Gen. Santos City by Tuesday afternoon. (PNA)