MANILA, Philippines – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday approved the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) to suspend classes and work due to Super Typhoon Karding (Noru).

President Marcos suspends work, classes due to Super Typhoon Karding
President Marcos in constant contact with key cabinet officials involved in preps for Super Typhoon Karding.

In the 5 pm bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), it said that “Karding” is now affecting Polillo Islands.

“I have received and approved the recommendation of NDRRMC to suspend classes and work as specified in their letter. The Palace will issue a memorandum circular stating the same before the end of the day,” Marcos said on a Facebook post.

According to the PAGASA, “Karding” maintained its maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph as it approached Polillo Islands.

“Karding” will likely make landfall in the vicinity of the northern portion of Quezon or the southern portion of Aurora Sunday night, it added.

The NDRRMC earlier recommended to the President the suspension of classes and work in government offices in eight regions due to the anticipated heavy rainfall.

In his letter to Marcos, Department of National Defense officer-in-charge Undersecretary Jose Faustino Jr. recommended the suspension of work and classes on September 26 in the following areas:

  • National Capital Region (NCR)
  • Ilocos Region
  • Cagayan Valley
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Central Luzon
  • Calabarzon
  • Mimaropa
  • Bicol Region

He said the suspension does not include frontline agencies “which are providing emergency services.”

Fautistino, who is also the NDRRMC chairperson, said the identification of the regions is based on the analysis determined from the NDRRMC’s Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment.

The DND chief said the recommendation to suspend classes in all public schools was made to prevent any untoward incidents and ensure the safety of the general public.

Meanwhile, PAGASA placed more areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 5 as “Karding” is likely to make landfall in the vicinity of the northern portion of Quezon Sunday night.

“The possibility of landfall or close approach in the vicinity of Polillo Islands is not ruled out,” it added.

: Super Typhoon Karding now affecting Polilio Islands; Signal No. 5 up in 8 areas

— The Summit Express