DAGUPAN CITY – Classes in both public and private schools in Pangasinan, as well as work in government offices except those involved in frontline services, are suspended on Monday.
The provincial government's official social media page announced Sunday that Gov. Ramon Guico III has issued Executive Order No. 0157 declaring the suspension in preparation for the onslaught of Super Typhoon Karding.
The province of Pangasinan has been under a red alert status since Saturday, being placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 due to Super Typhoon Karding.
In an interview, EmilVen Laudencio, officer of the day of the Pangasinan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office personnel, said personnel and equipment have been pre-deployed all over the province, especially in coastal areas.
"The Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and the Coast Guard have already sent augmentation forces," he said.
The governor, in a video message, asked the local chief executives to make the necessary preparations to ensure the safety of their constituents.
"Let us prepare for this as a family. To the local chief executives and barangay officials, enforce pre-emptive evacuation in landslide or flash flood-prone areas if it is needed," he said.
Guico also said the province has conducted a pre-disaster risk assessment while the incident management team together with the police, Army, coast guard and volunteers are on standby for 24 hours.
"Let us help one another in overcoming the dangers of “Karding” with its heavy rainfall and winds," he added.
As of 11 a.m., Karding is 175 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon, moving westward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph), with sustained winds of 195 kph and gustiness of 240 kph. (PNA)