Weather-weather ‘yan: Binay defends decision not to suspend classes in Makati on Tuesday

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Makati Mayor Abigail Binay has explained her decision not to suspend classes in her city on Tuesday despite Malacañang’s order.

“I would like to remind Makatizens that the city strictly follows protocols in suspending or cancelling classes, contained in City Ordinance No. 2017-024. This will allow us to make timely announcements which will spare the students from exposure to possible dangers posed by inclement weather, such as being trapped in flashfloods,” Binay said in a statement.

Makati was the only local government in Metro Manila that did not cancel classes despite heavy rains caused by southwest monsoon on Tuesday.

The inclement weather also prompted the Office of the Executive Secretary to suspend all work in the executive branch of government and classes in all school levels in the National Capital Region at 3 p.m.

“The safety of the students remains of paramount importance to us. However, we will only suspend and cancel classes if necessary,” explained Binay.

“Again, may I just remind Makatizens that the strict protocols we follow are supported by reliable weather monitoring and flood monitoring systems we have put in place in Makati, aside from weather bulletins issued by the national government,” she added.

Binay stressed that classes are automatically suspended or canceled only when the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration issues typhoon warning signals.

This protocol is stated under City Ordinance No. 2017-024.

However, in case of rains brought by the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” it is the local chief executive who is tasked to initiate the suspension or cancellation of classes, she added.

“When PAGASA does not issue typhoon warning signals, it is my call to suspend or cancel classes, and the protocols Makati follows are designed to aid me in making timely and informed decisions,” the mayor said.