If you have nowhere else to go during the typhoon, just know that several malls announced today that they will waive overnight parking fees and open their doors to those affected by Typhoon Mangkhut (locally known as Ompong).
In its latest weather bulletin today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that Cagayan and Isabela could expect storm surges that could be as high as six meters. Typhoon Ompong is expected to make landfall tomorrow morning.
As a way to help the community (or bring in more shoppers?), SM Supermalls, Robinsons, Ayala Malls, and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls will all waive the overnight parking fee in some of their mall branches starting today.
SM Supermalls said that SM Center Tuguegarao Downtown in Cagayan, SM Megacenter in Cabanatuan City, SM City Cabanatuan, and SM City Tarlac will waive its overnight parking charges for both shoppers and nearby residents.
“Our malls offer temporary respite and a meeting point for families who may be unable to get to their place of residence,” it added in the post.
#SMAnnouncements: The following SM malls waive overnight parking charges for shoppers and nearby residents affected by the typhoon today, Sept. 14:@sm_megacenter@SMCityTarlac @SMCabOfficial #SMCenterTuguegaraoDowntown
— SM Supermalls (@smsupermalls) September 14, 2018
Robinsons Metro East in Pasig City also posted their own announcement: “We offer our parking spaces free of charge for overnight parking during times of HEAVY FLOODING.”
Ayala Malls will keep their doors open for their customers who can “wait out the storm inside the safety and comfort of [their] malls.”
“Designated waiting areas and restrooms are accessible beyond mall operating hours, and overnight parking fees are waived,” it added.
Megaworld Lifestyle Malls said: “In case you’re stranded or in need of shelter from the rains and flooding, feel free to take comfort in our malls and use our lounges, restrooms, phone charging stations and Wi-Fi to connect with your loved ones. All McDonald’s, supermarkets, drug stores and 24-hour convenience stores are also open for your needs. Overnight parking fees are waived.”
Keep safe, fam!
In case you’re flying out over the weekend, check out the list of canceled flights due to Typhoon Mangkhut.