BREAKING NEWS (Updated)
CEBU CITY (7th Update: Jan. 9, 2017, 1200H) — There will be no classes in the elementary and high school departments of Don Bosco Technical College (DBTC) Cebu today, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Original post on Jan. 8, 7PM)
Meanwhile, the sponsorship of DBTC of the 4PM mass today (Jan. 9) at the Basilica del Santo Niño will proceed as scheduled.
Fr. Honesto “Nioret” G. Geronimo, Jr., DBTC Rector and President, made these announcements past 6PM Sunday (Jan. 8) through posts in his Facebook accounts.
He said DBTC officials decided to declare no classes having noted that the country’s weather bureau placed Cebu under Storm Signal No. 1 as of 5AM on Jan. 8 with the onset of Tropical Depression Auring.
Fr. Noel S. Sebetero, SDB, vice president for education and training, also advised the Bosconian Odyssey about their decision. Classes in college are not included in the suspension, he added as acting dean.
Signal No. 1 remained hoisted in the 5PM (Jan. 8) bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAG-ASA) that forecasted Auring to pass over Metro Cebu by 2PM today (Jan. 9).
While Auring (International code: 01W) is not expected to strengthen into a storm as it crosses the country, it is nonetheless forecasted to be packed with winds from 55-kilometers per hour (kph) to 75-kph at its peak.
PAG-ASA also expects moderate to heavy rains that can cause flash floods and landslides, something that provincial disaster officials reported to have been noted in northeastern Cebu Sunday afternoon.
DBTC officials received an avalanche of inquiries if classes will be suspended after Sun•Star Cebu and Cebu Daily News reported online at mid-afternoon Sunday (Jan. 8) that Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III declared no classes in Cebu.
The Freeman affirmed it with its main story today that it posted early online as the clock struck midnight today.
Acts of the Cebu Provincial Government, however, does not cover independent chartered cities as Cebu City and Lapu-Lapu City whose mayors made no declaration as the newspapers posted their breaking news reports.
(Update) But as of 6PM, the Cebu City Command Center (C3) announced that classes will push through, according to Renzo del Rosario, a volunteer at C3 who is also DBTC Emergency Response Team (ERT) executive committee chairman.
Despite this, DBTC administrators took the prerogative to declare no classes this early to ensure the safety of all Bosconians and avoid any confusion.
Classes from Grades 7 to 11 got suspended by noontime, as students were advised to head for home. School officials opted to continue the suspension on the following day.
Update 1/08, 2045H • The 8PM PAG-ASA bulletin reported Auring to have made landfall over Siargao and heading towards Surigao del Norte. It forecasted Auring to cross Bohol Strait by morning and pass over Sibonga by noontime through Dumanhug towards the afternoon.
Update 1/08, 2345H • The 11PM PAG-ASA Bulletin #11 reported Auring crossing Surigao City. Having noted that the tropical cyclone moved only at 7-kph, the bureau forecasted it to cross at the heart of Bohol late morning Monday (Jan. 9) and pass over Barili by 11PM.
However, privately-run Weather Philippines expects Auring to cross over Carcar City by 8AM Monday (Jan. 9).
Update 1/09, 0245H • The 2AM PAG-ASA Bulletin #12 reported Auring crossing Maasin City in southern Leyte. heading towards Bohol.
Update 1/09, 0530H • The 5AM PAG-ASA Bulletin #13 reported Auring made landfall in Bohol over the southeastern town of Candijay between Anda and Mabini, moving west northwest at 9-kph.
Update 1/09, 0815H • The 8AM PAG-ASA Bulletin #14 reported Auring over Bohol and would make a “possible landfall over (mid-southern Cebu) Cebu this midday.”
However, a satellite image (below) taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US Department of Commerce at 7:30 AM today shows the heart of Auring (01W) over the Visayan Sea, a bit a contrast from PAG-ASA’s view, some 200-km further up north northeast.
Final Update 1/09, 1200H • The 12NN PAG-ASA Bulletin #15 (Final) reported that Auring weakened into a low pressure area as early as 8AM before it could reach another landfall over and just 40-km east of Mactan Island.