SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Antique provincial government on Monday suspended work at the capitol work due to Typhoon Quinta.
Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) chief Broderick Train said Governor Rhodora J. Cadiao decided on the suspension as per earlier advice by their department.
“For the national government agencies that have provincial offices in Antique, the suspension of work depends upon the discretion of their heads of offices,” he said.
The provincial government, in suspending the work of capitol employees, also directed the PDRRMO, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, and Provincial Engineering Office to maintain a skeletal workforce ready to respond to any untoward incident.
Train said that as of this posting, the province of Antique is experiencing heavy rainfall with the island town of Caluya under Storm Signal No. 2 while the northern towns of Laua-an up to Libertad are under Signal No. 1.
He advised the public to be vigilant against flooding especially those in low-lying areas.
“Families should have to be ready to evacuate just in case there would be flooding,” he said.
Train also said parents should not let their children loiter outside of their homes because of the danger posed by strong winds and the respiratory diseases that they could contract.
Likewise, he said there were portions of public roads that were flooded on Sunday night but these were already cleared on Monday morning.
“All roads in the province are passable today,” Train said.
He, however, cautioned motorists driving along the slippery roads.
The PDRRMO also posted on its website advice to those traveling from Antique to Iloilo province and vise versa to take the coastal road in the meantime because of the landslide that occurred Sunday evening in Barangay Quianan, San Joaquin, Iloilo province.
The advisory was sent by the San Joaquin Municipal DRRMO to the Antique PDRRMO on Monday. (PNA)