The government on Wednesday called on the public to brace for Typhoon “Ulysses” as it assured that agencies would be on standby 24/7 to monitor the typhoon.

“We ask the residents of areas that will be affected to regularly monitor and follow weather advisories and government announcements, secure their house and vehicle, cooperate with authorities when an evacuation notice is issued, postpone travels to avoid getting stranded and stay indoors to avoid injuries from flying debris,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

As of Wednesday, 3:00 p.m., the eye of “Ulysses” was estimated at 60 km east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte with maximum sustained winds of 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 195 km/h, according to state weather bureau Pagasa’s 5 p.m. bulletin.

Pagasa added that “Ulysses” was intensifying as it moved toward the Quezon-Aurora area.

As precaution, Malacañang suspended work in government offices and classes in public schools at all levels in Regions 2, 3 and 5, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region and the National Capital Region effective 3 p.m. today until tomorrow, Nov. 12, upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Suspension of classes and work in private companies and offices was left to the discretion of their respective heads. John Ezekiel J. Hirro