Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio decided Wednesday to cancel the trip of the city’s over 300 delegates to a sports competition in Baguio City due to the threat of Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mungkhut).
The local chief executive said she just wants to make sure that the safety of the Dabawenyo delegates would not be compromised.
“It is with a heavy heart that we cancel the trip of the 301 Davao City delegates to Baguio City for the Batang Pinoy sports competition,” she said in a statement.
“This is to ensure that the delegates will not be caught stranded in bad weather. We cannot compromise on the safety of the children, coaches, and support staff,” Duterte-Carpio said.
She said that the athletes and coaches who would continue with their travel to attend the games “shall do so at their own risk.”
Citing the report of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the presidential daughter said that Ompong threatens Northern Luzon, which could bring flooding, damaging winds, and travel disruptions.
If heavy rains continue for several hours, landslides are of great possibility, she added.