In an official University memorandum posted from his Facebook account earlier this afternoon, Fr. Yap announced suspension of classes for all levels for December 4, 2012. In a separate document circulated later, he also declared three separate areas of the University open for evacuees, especially from the University community.
In the latter memo, he also invited volunteers to assist in the management of the evacuation centers, as well as donations.
According to PAGASA, ‘Pablo’ will make landfall Tuesday at 4:00 am. It is said to be stronger than ‘Sendong’ (international name Washi), with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of 210 kph. It is expected to be in the vicinity of Cagayan de Oro City in the afternoon.
‘Sendong’ is among the worst typhoons to hit the country in the last 12 years, claiming the lives of 674 Kagay-anons and causing widespread damage, as stated in a February 10 report by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.