At least six local government units (LGUs) in northern Negros Occidental canceled classes on Monday, Nov. 20, because of heavy rains due to the shear line affecting the eastern section of the Visayas and the northern monsoon affecting Luzon.
Those that suspended classes at all levels were the towns of E.B. Magalona, Manapla, Calatrava, and Don Salvador Benedicto.
Classes suspended in Cadiz City covered elementary and secondary levels.
In Sagay City, the Department of Education (DepEd) recommended that learners in island, river, and coastal areas stay home and refrain from going to school “if the conditions constitute any harm, risk or danger.”
“The DepEd Sagay City commits to prioritize everyone’s safety,” Schools Division Superintendent Marsette Sabaluca said in a statement.
In separate advisories, Cadiz City said the suspension of classes is “due to continuous heavy rainfall.”
E.B. Magalona cited “inclement weather caused by shear line and trough of low-pressure area” and advises residents to brace for floods expected in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.
Mayor Marvin Malacon also extended the suspension of classes in EB Magalona to Tuesday, Nov. 21.
According to the 24-hour local weather forecast issued Monday morning, Negros Occidental and Bacolod City will have “cloudy skies and scattered rain showers and thunderstorms caused by shear line.”
Northern Negros towns of Manapla, Toboso, Calatrava, and Don Salvador Benedicto, and cities of Victorias, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, and San Carlos can expect light to moderate with, at times heavy rains.*PNA