MANILA -- Some local government units have suspended classes in all levels Tuesday as Typhoon "Gardo" (international name Maria) enhances the southwest monsoon, bringing moderate to heavy rains in some areas in Luzon.

In Metro Manila, all private and public schools have suspended classes in the cities of Malabon, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas and Valenzuela.

Classes in all levels - both public and private - have been suspended in Batangas, Bicol Region, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Zambales and Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro.

Liceo di San Lorenzo in Santa Maria, Bulacan and the University of the East (UE) in Caloocan have also suspended classes in all levels.

In its 4 a.m. forecast, state weather bureau PAGASA said "Gardo" is moving west northwest at 30 km. per hour (kph) out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It was last observed at 760 km. northwest of Basco, Batanes with maximum winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

"Gardo" is expected to exit the PAR Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, PAGASA said. (PNA)