Government work has been suspended in Metro Manila, the Office of the President announced Tuesday.
"Upon the recommendation of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and in view of the continuing inclement weather brought about by southwest monsoon (habagat), work in government offices and classes in college level in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal are hereby suspended today, 07 August 2012," the Palace said.
TV reports now show that the heavy rains have placed many areas in the National Capital Region under water. The North Luzon Expressway-Balintawak area is already flooded, with traffic being diverted.
Heavy rains on Monday evening and La Mesa Dam's spill prompt local governments to suspend classes for Tuesday, as floods hit Quezon City, Valenzuela, and Malabon.
Classes were suspended Monday night from pre-school to high school (public and private) in the following cities:
San Juan City
The city of Manila also suspended classes from pre-school to college.
Outside Metro Manila, Antipolo City, Binangonan, Cainta, Rodriguez, and Taytay in Rizal have suspended classes for preschool to high school. The provinces of Laguna and Cavite have also ordered classes suspended in all levels.
Colleges and universities call off classes
The following universities and colleges have announced class suspensions:
Ateneo de Manila University
University of Sto. tomas
Philippine College of Criminology
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Colegio de San Juan de Letran
The University of Perpetual Help in Las Pinas
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
De La Salle University
University of the East (Manila and Caloocan)
Far Eastern University (Manila, EAC, Diliman, and Makati)
Mapua Institute of Technology (Intramuros and Makati)
School of Fashion and Arts Design Institute
New Era University