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Palace suspends gov’t work, classes in NCR due to bad weather

Malacañang on Thursday afternoon suspended government work and classes in all levels in Metro Manila due to inclement weather.

Memorandum Circular No. 29, posted by the Presidential Communications Office, said that the suspension of work and classes took effect at 3 p.m. today.

Agencies involved in the delivery of basic and health services, performance of vital services, as well as those involved in preparedness and disaster response shall continue their operations and render services.

Meanwhile, the suspension of work in private companies is left to the discretion of their heads.

Several streets in Metro Manila were flooded as of Thursday morning due to heavy rains in the previous hours brought by the Southwest Monsoon or Habagat.

According to state weather bureau PAGASA, the Habagat was enhanced by Typhoon Saola (formerly Goring), which is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), and Severe Tropical Storm Hanna. — RSJ, GMA Integrated News