Work, classes suspended provincewide starting today until Guimaras is not under PAG-ASA TWCS

Governor Samuel T. Gumarin ordered for the suspension of work in all public and private offices and cancellation of classes in all levels in the entire province of Guimaras due to Typhoon Odette.

Executive Order No.62 , series of 2021 was issued specifically to suspend the work in all public and private offices and cancellation of classes in all levels in the island effective 2 pm of December 16, 2021 onwards until the Province of Guimaras will not be included in the areas under Tropical Wind Cyclone Signal (TWCS) advisory of PAG ASA.

Governor Gumarin said that the initiative was taken by the PGG to protect the Guimarasnons from the wrath of Typhoon “Odette” (international name: “Rai”).

The province of Guimaras is now under Signal No. 2 with damaging gale- to storm-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours.

In line with Executive order No. 66 Series of 2012 issued by the Office of the President, there is a need for a localized cancellation or suspension of classes on all levels public and private schools and suspension of work in all public and private institutions in times of typhoons, floods and other disasters or calamities to spare the pupils, students, government workers and the general public from unnecessary dangers to their lives and limbs.

Executive order No. 66 Series of 2012 provides rules on the cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices due to typhoons, flooding and other weather disturbances and calamities.

It is a declared policy of the State to uphold the people’s constitutional rights to life, health, safety and property and to promote the general welfare of its people at all times, especially during disasters and calamities.

The Republic of the Philippines, through Republic Act No. 10121 and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council provide all the necessary guidelines needed to plan, implement and respond to all disasters.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its Tropical Cyclone Bulletin No. 9 issued 8 am today, December 16, 2021, Typhoon Odette undergoes rapid intensification as it continues to approach the vicinity of DInagat Island and Siargao-Bucas Grande Islands.