Classes, work suspended on Thursday, Friday in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY — As the province of Ilocos Norte is now on red alert status due to Typhoon Ompong, Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos announced Wednesday the suspension of work and classes, both in public and private offices and schools, on Thursday and Friday.

Marcos made the announcement after she convened the members of the Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council to institute precautionary measures to minimize loss or damage during calamity.

While the sun is still up in this part of Luzon, she appealed to all Ilocos Norte residents, particularly those who live in flood- and landslide-prone areas, to evacuate as early as now.

Quick monitoring teams from various departments of the provincial government and other national government line agencies are also making the rounds at the province to preposition food, medicines and heavy equipment in safe grounds and to personally check on the status of all government properties, including residents living in highly-vulnerable areas.

“I may be forced to implement force evacuation if needed,” Marcos said as she called on mayors in highly vulnerable areas to initiate action.

She also called on more volunteers to help pack relief goods to beef up the stockpile and to tie everything down due to the expected strong typhoon, which has a diameter of 900 km. that will directly hit Luzon.

“We need to add more food packs, medicines and other supplies ready for the critical days starting tomorrow (Thursday) until Saturday. The priority is saving human lives, then damage to infrastructure and livelihood. As early as now, let us all be ready,” Marcos said.