UPDATE 5: The Department of Education has ordered the suspension of classes from pre-school to high school levels in the National Capital Region for Friday, an official of the Department of Education for the National Capital Region said late Thursday.
DepEd NCR Director Elena Ruiz made this announcement over radio dzBB.
Meanwhile, Commission on Higher Education Executive Direcor Julito Vitriolo said they are leaving the decision to suspend classes in College levels to the universities and colleges in Metro Manila.
Outside Metro Manila, some provinces and cities also declared suspension of classes.
Classes are also suspended up to highschool in Cainta, Rizal, according to Mayor Mon Ilagan.
News reports quoting officials also said classes until highschool are also suspended in Olongapo City.
DepEd, in its official Twitter account, DepEd said classes are also suspended up to highschool in Antipolo City, Balanga City, Bataan; Zambales; and Pangasinan upon the recommendation of Pagasa.
There are also no classes from preschool to highschool in Cavite City; Malolos City; Subic district; and Calamba City, DepEd added.
In Isabela and Cagayan, both under storm signal number 1, preschool classes are automatically suspended, said DepEd.
Earlier, LRT operations have also been extended Thursday up to 11:00 pm to ease passengers' burden amid the heavy downpour.
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As of 4:00 PM Thursday, Tropical Storm “Falcon” was estimated 420 KM East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.4°N, 126.5°E), according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysial Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) bulletin.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 75 KPH near the center
GUSTINESS: up to 90 KPH
SPEED: 15 KPH
Public Storm Warning Signal # 1 has been raised over Quezon, Aurora, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Isabela, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands and Batanes Group of Islands.
In a radio report over dzBB, it said that as of 9:15 pm. second alarm has been noted for Marikina River as water level increases.