Classes still suspended in Cavite, ‘Ompong’ Signal No. 1 remains

GENERAL TRIAS CITY, Cavite — Classes in all levels in both public and private schools in Cavite were still suspended on Saturday as Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 remained hoisted over the province.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA) also issued its Orange Rainfall Warning Signal No. 1 in Cavite, as well as in the other four provinces of Region 4-A (Calabarzon) — Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

Cavite Governor Jesus Crispin Remulla advised all his constituents to keep safe as the weather disturbance continued to batter northern Luzon and has also affected parts of southern Luzon.

“Mag-ingat po ang lahat at ipagdasal natin ang lahat ng ating mga kababayang Pilipino (Please keep safe and let’s continue to pray for our fellow Filipinos),” Remulla said on his official Facebook post.

The Cavite Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CPDRRMO) also advised local DRRMOs in Cavite’s 23 towns and cities to closely monitor weather conditions in their respective areas.

It especially monitors situations in the coastal and flood-prone barangays of Bacoor City, Kawit, Noveleta, Cavite City, Rosario, Tanza, Naic, Maragondon and Ternate.

As of press time, trees felled by strong winds destroyed a house in Sitio Aplayita, Barangay Bucana in Ternate and damaged a vehicle in Tanza town.

Strong winds also toppled old trees, a four-decade-old mango tree in Tramo, Marulas in Kawit and bananas in the upland Cavite town of Alfonso.

However, the PDRRMO reported that all major thoroughfares in the province remained passable.

Meanwhile, General Trias CDRRMO and Barangay Prinza were also closely monitoring the Prinza Dam that could overflow and cause flooding in lowland barangays in General Trias, Noveleta, Kawit and Rosario towns.

“As of 11 a.m. ngayon (Saturday), ang water level ng ating Prinza Dam ay nasa normal level (As of 11 a.m., the water level of the Prinza dam was at a normal level),” Barangay Prinza village chief Dindo Lujero said in an interview.

Noveleta MDRRMO Jeg Alix also reported that they were monitoring the Ilang-Ilang River, which swelled to about 1.8 meters as of 10 a.m. Saturday and flowed next to the riverbank near the Noveleta Public Market.

The Cavite PDRRMO – Cavite Office of Public Safety also urged residents to contact their hotline numbers in case of emergency and assistance and response to their respective areas through PG-COPS-PDRRMO 0917-524-2952; 045-419-16-52; Cavite PNP -046-418-96-46; Cavite BFP – 046-471-7777; 046-471-3993; Cavite Red Cross – 046-431-0562; and Meralco – 046-416-1378. Dennis Abrina/