(Updated as of 11:45 AM)

In its weather bulletin released 11:00 AM of October 11, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA reported that tropical storm “Maring” was last spotted 240 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan (18.7°N, 123.9°E).

“Maring” has maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 115 km/h, and central pressure of 985 hPa. It is moving westward at 15 kilometers per hour. It will exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Tuesday.

PAGASA likewise announced that public storm warning signals number 1 and 2 is in effect over parts of northern and central Luzon. With that, the rules for automatic class suspensions will be in effect in accordance with Department of Education (DepEd) Order #14 series of 2021 as reported by The Filipino Scribe last July. It is worth pointing out that as per DepEd, the guidelines will apply regardless of the learning delivery modality.

Local government units (LGUs) can also suspend classes in their respective areas as they deem appropriate, although they may wait for the 5:00 AM or 8:00 AM weather advisory before making their announcement.

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Classes in parts of Luzon are suspended due to tropical storm “Maring” (Photo credits: Twitter page of PAGASA)

It must be reiterated that LGUs must still suspend classes as soon as possible especially since inclement weather makes Internet connectivity unstable and that it also causes power interruptions. The Filipino Scribe will be updating this post when new information becomes available.

AREAS UNDER SIGNAL #2 (No classes up to senior high school)

Batanes
Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
Northern portion of Isabela
Apayao
Kalinga
Mountain Province
Abra
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur

AREAS UNDER SIGNAL #1 (No classes for preschool and kindergarten)

The rest of Isabela
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Ifugao
Benguet
La Union
Pangasinan
Aurora
Nueva Ecija
Tarlac
Zambales
Pampanga
Bulacan
Northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, and Hermosa)
Northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands, and Calaguas Islands

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