Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio ordered the suspension of classes from pre-school to high school on Tuesday due to bad weather brought about by tropical depression "Crising."
She also placed all rescue units run by the Emergency Response Center Central 911 and the barangay rescue groups on heightened alert due to the possible swelling of Davao River and other tributaries in the city and landslide on the highland areas.
"Per Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Heavy Rainfall Yellow Advisory No. 1 issued at 8:53 p.m. Monday, Davao City is expected to experience moderate to heavy rainfall due to the weather system, so classes will be suspended from pre-school to high school on February 19, 2013," Duterte-Carpio said.
She said the suspension of classes for college and post-graduate levels and work in private sector will be left to the discretion of school administrators and employers, respectively.
Genelito Atillo, spokesperson of the Department of Education (DepEd) in Davao Region affirmed the suspension of classes in pre-school and high school in all areas under tropical storm signal No. 1 in Davao Region namely Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley.
Commander Jose Luspo, chief of the Sta. Ana Wharf Detachment of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) ordered the suspension of sea travel from Davao City to Kaputian, Island Garden City of Samal and Talikud Island which are also placed under tropical storm signal No. 1.
He said travelling towards these destinations takes one-hour and will surely expose people to rough sea.
Luspo said the ferry service and the sea travel between Kilometer 11 Sasa, Davao City and Villa Rica, Island Garden City of Samal will continue in order not to totally isolate the access of residents to the main land.