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IN DUMAGUETE, NEGOR OVER ‘YOLANDA
BY JUDY F. PARTLOW

Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria yesterday announced the suspension of classes in all levels today and tomorrow in preparation for super-typhoon “Haiyan”, that will be locally named “Yolanda”, when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility today.

Gov. Roel Degamo also ordered the suspension of classes in all levels for schools under the Negros Oriental Division of the Department of Education tomorrow, a memorandum signed by assistant schools division superintendent Dexter Aguilar, stated.

Sagarbarria said the city’s Rescue 348 is on standby alert with all equipment in place, and the Social Welfare Office has been alerted for relief operations as needed.

The city is coordinating with barangay officials to undertake pre-emptive evacuation of residents along the banks of the Banica River to avoid any untoward incident in case of flashfloods, he added.

Degamo ordered the DepEd in Negros Oriental, headed by Salustiano Jimenez, to cut short the ongoing provincial athletic meet with the looming super-typhoon.

The Negros Oriental Athletic Association meet reeled off Monday at various venues in Dumaguete City, and Sibulan and Valencia towns, and scheduled to end tomorrow.

Degamo said all athletic delegations from the towns and cities of Negros Oriental must return home safe at the earliest time possible. He said all games and other events must be completed today. He also ordered the DepEd to do away with the closing ceremonies.

The meet is participated in by at least 21 delegations, with an estimated 2,500 elementary and high school athletes, coaches and officials.

Delegates from as far as Basay in the south and Canlaon City in the north must be given enough leeway to travel back to their hometowns, Degamo said.

Latest weather update from Pagasa said the entire Visayas region will be hit by the brewing storm, believed to be the strongest to visit the Philippines this year.

Silliman University also announced the suspension of classes in all levels today and tomorrow to ensure the safety of its students and personnel, and to prepare for “Yolanda”.

The university has designated several buildings on campus as temporary shelters for students, personnel and their families. Cots will be provided, and water and other essential food items on standby. Transportation arrangement to facilitate the transfer of elderly and children is also in place per request on a first-come, first-served basis, the SU said in a press release.

Negros Oriental 2 Electric Cooperative sources also said it is also preparing for the typhoon, and is mobilizing all its manpower resources and equipment for trouble-shooting operations, and assured that Noreco 2 has ample supply of transformers, electric wires and poles for replacement needs.*JFP

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