Expect a rainy Holy Week in Negros Occidental.
Eric Villaluna, Negros Occidental Provincial Disaster Management Team officer-in-charge, said rains brought on by a low pressure area, which resulted from the weakening of tropical depression "Domeng", are expected during the entire week.
The province will experience rains, with no expected heavy winds, he said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the low pressure area, spotted off Guiuan, Eastern Samar, was causing the rains in many parts of the country yesterday.
Weather forecaster Jun Galang said the weather disturbance was projected to make landfall in Eastern Visayas by this morning.
Galang said that after it hits land, the LPA may dissipate or, if not, it will likely exit the country via the West Philippine Sea on Good Friday.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said Negrenses should thank God for the rains that are a big help to the farmers of the province.
This is the first time that it has rained at the start of Holy Week, which is usually a very hot time of the year, he said.
The rains have watered the provinces crops, this is very good for agriculture, he said.
The rains will also reduce tremendously the possibility of fires during Holy Week, which usually happen because of the intense heat, he said.
He called on Negrenses to be careful when driving during the holidays to prevent accidents from happening.
The governor said he will spend Holy Week visiting churches and thanking God for all the blessings Negros Occidental has received, and for His watching over him and his family.
Holy Week is also a time for reflection and asking God for forgiveness for all our shortcomings, he also said.
Holy Week is the most important event in the Christian world, it is the time when Christ died to save us all from our sins, Marañon said.*CPG