MASIDING NOOR YAHYA
The local government of Cotabato City has suspended work at the city hall except for departments and units related to emergency response work due to inclement weather.
“To ensure that the health, safety and general welfare of the people are protected, works in all offices of the city government are hereby suspended,” according to a memorandum from the city mayor’s office on Monday.
Lawyer Kitem Kadatuan Jr., the secretary to Mayor Frances Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi, said online classes of students within the city schools’ division are likewise suspended due to unstable internet services caused by the extreme weather condition.
Earlier on Monday, the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) reported flooding on 17 of the city’s 37 barangays (villages) following the heavy downpour since Sunday.
The prevailing weather condition is caused by Typhoon Quinta whose tail-end is affecting Mindanao, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration.
Kadatuan said the suspension of work and online classes for students took effect on Monday and maybe extended “depending on the necessity of the situation.” (With PNA report)