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The death toll from eight days of sustained rains in the Philippines has risen to 53

People wade through floodwaters in Quezon City Suburban Manila on August 6, 2012. Residents of low-lying slums fled the huge shantytowns lining Manila's rivers and sewers for the safety of schools, gymnasiums and government buildings, the civil defence office said

Rains bring floods to NCR, provinces

Under Memorandum Circular 33-A, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa has ordered the cancellation of work in private offices in the National Capital Region, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan due to the harsh weather (August 7).

Deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said companies who refuse to heed the Palace order may be reported to DOLE, amid reports some business process outsourcing companies still require their employees to report for work.

There is no tropical cyclone existing within the Philippine Area of Responsibility, says Pagasa, and the downpour is due to the southwest monsoon.

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