MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang has suspended classes in all levels and work in government offices on Monday, January 13, in Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon due to the Taal volcano ashfall.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, by authority of President Rodrigo Duterte announced the class and gov’t work suspension around midnight in areas affected by the ashfall “except frontline response agencies involved in disaster response,mdelivery of basic and health service, and/or other vital services.”
“The private sector is highly encouraged to suspend work for the safety of their employees,” Medialdea added.
Earlier, local government units have declared class suspensions in all levels in view of the Taal volcano ash explosion.
These areas include: • Batangas province, including municipalities around Taal lake (Talisay, Balete, Mataas na Kahoy, Cuenca, Alitagtag, Sta. Teresita, San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Laurel) • Cavite Province • Laguna • Metro Manila • Bataan • Bulacan province • Pampanga • Capas, Tarlac • Concepcion, Tarlac
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has raised the alert level 4 over Taal Volcano on Sunday night, which means a hazardous explosion is imminent within hours or days.
Phivolcs also recommended that residents in Taal island and high-risk barangays in the towns of Agoncillo and Laurel in Bagangas be evacuated due to possible hazards of pyroclastic density currents and volcanic tsunami.
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has announced the suspension of classes in all schools in Manila on January 9, Thursday in view of the observance of the annual Traslacion of the Catholic community.
In a Facebook post, the Manila Public Information Office (PIO) said the declaration of class suspension covers all universities and colleges in the city.
Domagoso also ordered the suspension of work in all departments and offices under the Manila City government except for agencies that are involved in maintaining peace and order, public services, traffic enforcement, disaster risk reduction and management and sanitation.
“Suspension of work in national government offices and private companies is left to the discretion of their respective management and or heads of office,” the post read.
Under the Executive Order No. 2 series of 2020, signed by Mayor Isko, states that the class and government work suspension in Manila is in consideration of public order and safety, as well as reduction of traffic congestion during the annual occasion.
The Traslacion event on Thursday is expected to draw large volume of Catholic devotees.
MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Social Security System (SSS) who were affected by typhoon Tisoy may now apply for the Calamity Assistance Package (CAP) loan.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Ignacio said members and pensioners in Southern Luzon and Visayas hit by Tisoy may now avail of the calamity loan, direct house repair and improvement loan as well the advanced three-month pension program.
She added that the CAP program, which has a total fund allocation of more than P614 million, covers members and pensioners residing in areas declared under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
These areas include Batangas City; Mabitac, Laguna; Provinces of Quezon, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque; Corcuera, Romblon and San Fernando in Romblon; and Province of Northern Samar.
“The CAP includes a loan assistance program which is a separate loan window from the regular salary loan,” Ignacio said in a statement Monday.
“Members can borrow up to P40,000 in calamity loan depending on their average last 12 monthly salary credit. The financial assistance is also open to pensioners who can avail three months advance of their monthly pension. Moreover, members can also apply for direct housing repair and improvement loan,” she added.
Loan application for Tisoy-hit SSS members is open from December 20, 2019 to March 19, 2020.
“Members who would like to avail of the Calamity Assistance Package are required to be registered in the My.SSS application to facilitate their billing requirements in the future,” Ignacio said.
The SSS Chief, however, clarified that members who still have outstanding loans under the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) and previous CAPs, as well as those receiving pensions for total permanent disability and retirement, and those who have availed of the Pension Loan Program (PLP) are not qualified to avail of the calamity loan.
The SSS said the calamity loan is payable in two years in equal monthly installments with an annual interest rate of 10 percent and one percent monthly penalty for late payments.
To eliminate additional expenses on the part of member-borrowers, SSS waived the one percent service fee, it added.
Aside from the calamity loan, the SSS said that members with damaged properties can also avail of the direct house repair and improvement loan with six months moratorium in amortization and interest payments.
“Members can borrow up to a maximum of P1 million under this program which will run for one year or until 20 December 2020,” Ignacio said.
“To qualify, the applicant must not be more than 60 years old and with at least 24 monthly contributions, of which three contributions were remitted within the last 12-month period prior to the month of filing,” she added.
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