BAGUIO CITY -- Officials of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Baguio City government, and Benguet province have decided to postpone the opening of the “Batang Pinoy” sports event due to the possible onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

Baguio Public Information Office (PIO) chief, Aileen Refuerzo, said on a Facebook post before noon Wednesday that the opening of the games has been reset to Sept. 17 (Monday) from Sept. 16 due to the impending inclement weather.

The opening program originally scheduled for Sept. 15 will be done away with and instead a grand closing program will be prepared,” the information officer posted.

The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) – Cordillera earlier said that “Ompong” is expected to be felt by Friday and Saturday.

OCD-Cordillera Director Ruben Carandang said that the typhoon is expected to have the same strength as that of Super Typhoons Yolanda and Lawin.

In a press conference on Wednesday morning, Mayor Mauricio Domogan had repeated his advice to the public to be prepared and ready to go for a pre-emptive evacuation if the need arises. (PNA)