Classes suspended in Ilocos Norte

Storm Odette as of 2 p.m. (PAGASA image)

Classes suspended in Ilocos Norte

Classes in the entire Ilocos Norte was suspended Friday as tropical storm “Odette” raised storm signal to no. 2 in the province.

Under Executive No. 66 s.2012, classes in the affected areas for pre-school, kindergarten, elementary and high school (including Senior High School) shall be automatically cancelled or suspended due to storm signal no. 2 in the province.

College classes and work both in public and private, however, were not suspended.

Odette is over the coast of the province as of 11 a.m., according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow early morning, said the weather agency in its bulletin.

Meanwhile, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has pre-positioned relief goods, medicines, equipment and generator sets in Resiliency Headquarters.

In Pagudpud town, a team from the Department of Public Works and Highways are on standby with a heavy equipment to ensure landslide-prone areas along the Patapat highway are passable to motorists and commuters.

Fishermen were warned since Thursday not to go to the sea. The Provincial Veterinary Office has also advised farmers to secure their livestock in animal shelters and provide animal feeds.

The Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, 5057 Search and Rescue Team of the Philippine Air Force, Coast Guard and Philippine Army are also on alert status.

The Provincial Health Office hasactivated its health emergency management ground including provision of ready medicines.

The state of communication, water and power supply, including operations at the Laoag International Airport and Currimao seaport remain under normal condition. Leilanie Adriano/PNA