Malacañang on Thursday noon suspended classes in all public schools in Metro Manila, as heavy monsoon rains continue and Tropical Storm Gorio intensifies, moving in a north northwest direction.
Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella made the announcement in a briefing in Malacañang.
“The Office of the Executive Secretary announced work suspension in all government offices in NCR starting at 1pm today. The same with classes in public schools in all levels. It is the private schools discretion to suspend their classes,” read a statement sent to reporters after the briefing.
The Supreme Court has already issued an advisory on the work suspension in Metro Manila courts.
Covered by the work suspension, which would take effect at 1 p.m. Thursday, are the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, Regional Trial Courts and Metropolitan Trial Courts.
“For courts in other affected areas, the Executive Judge may exercise discretion,” the SC Public Information Office said.
According to state-run PAGASA, moderate to occasionally heavy rains are expected in Western Luzon, including Metro Manila, with up to moderate rains in the rest of Luzon and Visayas during the day.
The weather bureau also urged the public to be wary of flash floods and landslides, particularly in the landslide-prone Cordillera region.