Salceda gives updates, suspends classes until Friday in Albay

By Connie B. Destura

LEGAZPI CITY, July 16 (PNA) — Albay Governor Joey Salceda has declared the suspension of classes until Friday and resumption set on Monday to give time for repairs of damaged classrooms and recovery for affected areas in the province.

Salceda issued the directive based on reports from the Department of Education (DepEd) in the region and assessment by the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) on the impacts of typhoon “Glenda.”

Salceda said that all major highways in Albay province are passable following clearing operations by the district offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Assessment is ongoing to determine the damages in public infrastructures following the impact of the typhoon.

Salceda added that the National Food Authority (NFA)has assured enough supply of rice totaling 414,615 bags available that can augment the needs of affected residents especially evacuees. He said the provincial government earlier availed of 5,000 bags while other LGUs got 8,761 bags for prepositioning prior to the impact of typhoon “Glenda.”

During the PDRRMC meeting here Wednesday, the Albay Power and Electric Corporation (APEC) also announced that the Bitano SS Feeders 1 and 2 and Washington SS will be energized anytime, with isolations, once the grid supplies power.

APEC said Bitano SS Feeders 3 and 4, on the other hand, can be energized possibly within the week, also with isolations. All these feeders are providing services to Legazpi City.

APEC added they are also fast tracking repair to other facilities in other areas to bring power supply back as soon as possible. (PNA)