There is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, says the weather authority, PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). But the heavy rains and flooding caused by the southwest monsoon have prompted Malacanang to suspend work in government and private offices.
Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa has ordered the cancellation of work in private offices, under Memorandum Circular 33-A, in the National Capital Region (NCR), and some provinces namely: Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Rizal, Tarlac and Zambales.
Deputy spokesman Abigail Valte stated that companies who refuse to heed the Palace order, such as some BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies that still require their employees to report for work, may be reported to DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment).
Check out the photos released by Yahoo! Philippines News courtesy of Erik De Castro of Reuters, ANC, Dave Llavanes, Ryan Abejero and John Penaloza, showing Metro Manila in floods. As of posting, the Marikina River has already reached the height of 19.5 meters, while more than 400 families have been evacuated from Cainta, Rizal.
Furthermore, according to the NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council), more than 808 thousand individuals are affected by the monsoon rains, while a total of 250,200 persons and counting are being served in evacuation centers inside (official evacuation centers) and outside (relatives/friends).
In NCR, widespread flooding was reported specifically in the cities of Makati, Malabon, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Paranaque, Pasig, Quezon and Valenzuela. Other affected areas also include Calasiao, Pangasinan; Meycauayan and Obando in Bulacan; Cardona, Rizal, Sta. Rosa, BInan; Calamba, San Pedro, Cabuyao, Los Banos Bay, Victoria, Sta. Cruz, Lumban, Paete, Pakil, Pangil, Siniloan, Mabitac, Sta. Maria and Fany in Laguna; and Novelete and Gen. Trias in Cavite.