Suspension of classes, work extended until Friday in Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY — To give time to its residents to recover from super typhoon Lawin’s aftermath in the province, Ilocos Norte Governor Ma. Imelda Josefa Marcos has ordered the suspension of classes and work for both government and private entities here on Friday.

While the governor is still on a business trip to China, the verbal communication since Thursday turned official early today as a number of government and private organizations had been seeking for a hard copy of the memorandum from the Office of the Governor.

Signed by Supervising Administrative Officer Miriam Ranchez in behalf of the governor, the memorandum is meant for the relief, recovery and clean-up drive on-going in various parts of the province.

Jun Arvin Gudoy of the Communication and Media Office said the governor’s memo however does not include front line departments of the Provincial Capitol including national government line agencies who are task in the post assessment of damages, rehabilitation and relief operations to typhoon victims.

As of this posting, the Ilocos Norte Electric Power Cooperative is still trying to restore power in the entire province that shut down during the height of typhoon Lawin.

Some commercial establishments, private individuals with generator sets and government facilities with standby generators are also offering free calls and charging stations to affected residents.

By 1:30pm today, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is set to convene a special session to declare Ilocos Norte under a state of calamity.