PAGASA’s color-coded rainfall advisories

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The flood alerts

Under the heavy rainfall warning system, a yellow rainfall advisory is raised when the expected rainfall amount is between 7.5 mm and 15 mm within one hour and likely to continue.

Communities given this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather condition and warned that flooding may be possible in low-lying areas.

The orange  rainfall advisory is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert.

red  rainfall advisory is issued when downpours constitute an emergency. This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.

When PAGASA raises a Red warning, communities should be prepared to respond. It means serious flooding is seen and that residents should be ready to evacuate to safety.

How it works:

Based on the advisory level, find out if your area is affected. For example, if you live in Marikina, go to Project Noah. The real-time flood reference for Marikina can be seen if you click flood maps and go to flood inundation. PAGASA generates flood scenario for Marikina river every 10 min.

In cases of alerts, it’s the LGU in charge:

MMDA Flood Control – 882-4177, 882-0925
Parañaque DPOS – 829-2056
Manila Traffic Hotline – 527-3087
Cainta Traffic Hotline – 646-0044, 655-7368 loc. 164
Las Piñas Traffic – 874-5756, 874-3957, 874-3927
Mandaluyong Hotline – 534-2993
Taguig Traffic – 838-4301 loc. 7112
Marikina STOC – 646-1651
Pasig Traffic – 643-0000, 724-5813

Makati Public Safety Dept. – 844-3146, 819-3270

All LGUs have identified evacuation areas to be used in case of flooding. These are the barangay multi-purpose court, selected barangay halls, and public schools—elementary and H.S.


-Article from @officialgazette

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for August 2, 2019, FRIDAY

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AS OF 9:15 AM…..




  • City of Manila
    • V. Mapa High School
    • J. Lukban Elementary School
    • R. Soliman High School
    • C. Apostol Elementary School
    • P. Gomez Elementary School
    • P. Guevara Elementary School
    • Manila Science High School
    • M. Roxas de Ayala Elementary School
    • R. Avancena Elementary School
    • A. Bonifacio Elementary School
    • Manuel L. Quezon Elementary School
    • L. Almario Annex
    • J. Luna Elementary School
    • G. del Pilar Elementary School
    • P. Burgos Elementary School (grades 1 and 2)
    • Manila High School
    • Corazon Aquino High School


ALL LEVELS (public and private) 

Metro Manila

  • City of Manila
  • Quezon City ALL LEVELS (Afternoon Classes)
  • Marikina ALL LEVELS (Afternoon Classes)


Outside Metro Manila

Rizal – afternoon classes in all levels (public and private)

  • Bataan
  • Calumpit, Bulacan
  • Hagonoy, Bulacan
  • Botolan, Zambales
  • Cabangan, Zambales
  • Castillejos, Zambales
  • Iba, Zambales
  • Masinloc, Zambales
  • Olongapo City, Zambales
  • Subic, Zambales
  • Tarlac City




PRESCHOOL TO ELEMENTARY (public and private) 

San Mateo mayor “surprised” after surprise visit

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photo by @sanmateolgu

As part of the Barangay Justice System, a Barangay Chairman, along with the rest of the Barangay Council have the right to perform official government duties and execute minor judicial powers as prescribed by the law. On the top of the said list is the implementation and enforcement of ordinances within the barangay. But this clearly isn’t the case in a barangay in San Mateo, Rizal. This is after San Mateo Mayor Tina Diaz found out that a barangay hall under her jurisdiction isn’t performing its supposed to be duties and responsibilities to the people.

After performing a surprise visit last July 22, Diaz was more than surprised to find out a barangay hall not doing its job.

“Nakakalungkot. Nakakagalit. Nakakabahala na makita ang Barangay Hall ng Dulong Bayan 1. Walang tanod on duty. Walang VAWC desk. Walang kawani ng barangay. Nakakandado ang tanggapan mismo ng barangay. Kanino lalapit ang mga ka-barangay? Isa itong malinaw na kapabayaan. Kailangang may managot.”

“It’s sad. It’s alarming that Barangay Dulong Bayan 1 is not doing it’s job. No personnel on duty. No VAWC desk. The office is locked during office hours. Where will the people go in times of need? This clearly is negligence. Someone has to be held accountable.”

Diaz could only utter these words out of dismay but still ensures the people of Dulong Bayan 1 and the rest of San Mateo that this kind of incidents and negligence will not be tolerated.

Diaz is currently in her second term as Local Chief Executive of San Mateo.


High temperature forecasts force Marikina to cancel Annual Grand Parade

Angkan 2015Due to high temperatures forecasted by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Marikina City including Metro Manila, the Marikina Foundation Day Grand Parade that is supposed to happen tomorrow, April 16, at 4:00 p.m. has been cancelled.

This measure is made by the city government of Marikina to prevent heat stroke incidents to Marikeños especially to those who shall participate in the Ka-Angkan Festival which is annually celebrated in line with Marikina’s founding anniversary on April 16.

According to the combined efforts of the Global Forecast System (GFS), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), and US National Weather Service, the predicted Heat Index in Marikina City is expected to reach 36.7 degrees Celsius tomorrow at around 2:00 pm., slightly going down to 34.9 degrees Celsius at around 5:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Road closures announced earlier are now lifted and motorists will be able to freely traverse these roads, namely portions of Shoe Avenue, Sumulong Highway, JP Rizal, Marikina Bridge, and A. Bonifacio Avenue. However, despite the lifting of road closures in the afternoon and evening of April 16, the local government is also advising motorists to exercise patience while driving through the town proper of Marikina City, as minor traffic build-up is expected in the said area for the festival and Marikina Foundation Day Grand Concert.

With theme “Sa Kahapong Pinagmulan, Pamana Ngayon ay Kaunlaran”, the festival’s program proper will still be held at the Marikina Sports Center at 6:00 p.m., as well as the Marikina Foundation Day Grand Concert at 7:00 p.m. which will be followed by a fireworks display.

“However festive the event may be, the health of Marikeños is our priority so we decided to cancel the parade which may pose health risk to the participants,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.

This year, Marikina will be celebrating its 386th founding anniversary.

Marikina tops 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge

Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.

Marikina Rescue 161 undergoes intense training weeks before Manilathon 2016.

The city government of Marikina lauds the representatives of Marikina City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MCDRRMO) – Rescue 161 for coveting the championship of the 2nd Manilathon Rescue Challenge which was recently held at the World Trade Center.

MCDRRMO-161 was declared champion in the Group Challenge Event after defeating 13 different groups which consisted of national agencies, local governments, and a volunteer group.

The team showcased their skills in rescuing a victim from a collapsed structure, and proper techniques in vehicle extrication.

MCDRRMO-Rescue 161 is comprised of Ronnie Lazana, Julius Hermogenes, Marvin Hermogenes, Christian Bernal, Ross Henry Magsanoc, Michael Angelo Ong, Darwin de Leon, Al Mikhail Banhi, and Jeremiah Bernardo who received cash prize, a trophy, and individual medals.

“More than the honor, we are grateful for the readiness of our rescue team to save lives in the event of any calamity or disaster. We hold regular training sessions not only for the MCDRRMO but also for personnel and volunteers in our barangays and communities,” Mayor Del De Guzman said.

Residents in emergency situations within Marikina City can dial telephone number 1-6-1 for help and quick response.

Manilathon Champs

First Barangay Fire Olympics

Fire Olympics

The city government advises the motorists to take alternate routes as certain portion of McDonald’s Avenue from Jacamar St. to J. Chanyungco St. in Brgy. Sta. Elena will be closed on Friday, March 11, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 n.n. at the Marikina Central Parking (located in front of the Marikina Police Station) to give way to the celebration of the National Fire Prevention Month, the First Marikina Barangay Fire Olympics.


First Barangay Fire Olympics