President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has suspended public school classes in all levels and government work in Metro Manila and five other provinces until Aug. 24 due to Severe Tropical Storm “Florita.”

The president’s decision was based on the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s recommendation.

“The president has declared a suspension of work and classes in all levels today until tomorrow, for all government offices and public shools in NCR, Cavite, Lagina, Rizal, Bulacan, Zambales and Bataan, due to Severe Tropical Storm Florita,” the Palace said in a statement.

The suspension took effect at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The suspension of classes in private schools will be up to their respective administrations, the Office of the Press Secretary said.

Agencies whose functions include the delivery of basic and health services, disaster response and other necessary services will continue to operate.

“Florita” made landfall at 10:30 a.m. today in Isabela. John Ezekiel J. Hirro