NAT exams in Tacloban affected due to inclement weather
TACLOBAN CITY– Eastern Visayas continues to experience moderate to heavy rainfall spawned by the shear line on Monday (Jan. 30).
The bad weather resulted for several local government units to cancel classes in both public and private schools from Kindergarten up to Grade 12 levels.
Among these canceled classes were in the towns of Paranas, Motiong, Hinabangan, and Pinabacdao, all in Samar; Dolores, Llorente, Jipapad, and Taft, all in Eastern Samar; Catarman, in Northern Samar; and in the cities of Calbayog and Catbalogan, both in Samar; Ormoc, Baybay, and Tacloban, all in Leyte;
In Tacloban, its school division announced the cancellation of the holding of the national achievement test(NAT) for graduating Grade 12 students due to the bad weather and will be held instead on February 1 and 2.
In Southern Leyte, a rock fall was reported in Barangay Pinut-an, San Ricardo town at about 4 am due to the heavy rains.
Meantime, the information office of Northern Samar province denied that Governor Edwin Ongchuan has declared suspension of classes across the province.
It said that what was circulated online on the purported order of the governor was a previous cancellation order he issued on Jan. 9.
However, Mayor David Bido of Rosario town in the same province, issued suspension of classes to ensure the safety of the public.
The town has experienced heavy rainfall since weekend that resulted in flooding in several areas of the town, including those located on its center.
The regional office of the Office of Civil Defense has also issued an advisory for the public and the disaster risk reduction and management councils across the region to take appropriate actions, and monitor the weather condition.
Since last month, the region has been experiencing bad weather either due to low-pressure area and shear line that caused flooding and landslides.
The three provinces of Samar Island, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar, are under a state of calamity due to this inclement weather which resulted in the dislocation of families, damage to infrastructures, and loss of lives.
(JOEY A. GABIETA/ROBERT DEJON)