Classes suspended anew due to rains PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 July 2015 13:53

Mayor Beng Climaco Thursday morning retracted her order to resume classes in basic education levels issued earlier in the day due to escalating weather condition divergent to the PAG-ASA advisory that the city will only experience scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

Citing provisions of Executive Order 66 issued by President Aquino, series of 2012 on Localized cancellation and suspension of classes and work in government offices and the concern for the welfare and interest of school children, Mayor Climaco ordered the immediate suspension of classes 9am Thursday but cautioned teachers and parents in sending home or fetching children from school as the weather escalated to stronger winds and rains.

At 5:30am Thursday, the mayor per recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and in consideration of PAG-ASA updates ordered the resumption of classes in all levels except in schools that remain underwater that pose hazards to school children. Classes in the college level remain at the discretion of school officials.

However two hours after the release of the advisory regarding resumption of classes came the heavy downpour that placed numerous areas under water.

Section 2 of EO 66 states that “in the absence of typhoon signal warnings from PAG-ASA,  localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices may be implemented by local chief executives, as chairmen of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) concerned, in coordination with PAG-ASA and the NDRRMC, specifically in flood-prone or  high risk areas.

The EO further states that “announcements will be made not later than 430am of the day of the intended cancellation of classes and work, or not later than 11am for suspension of work and classes in the afternoon session, through diverse mass media, particularly radio and television, landline communications and other technologies for communication within the community or locality.”

Mayor Climaco advised school officials to closely coordinate with barangay officials and to exercise discretion when the situation calls for it, to ensure safety and protection of the students.

She likewise urged the public to remain vigilant and to take precautionary measures as weather situation remains unstable. Specifically, she said those staying along the river banks and low lying areas should watch out for flash floods while those residing along the shoreline or coastal areas should be wary of storm surge.

Those staying on the hillside should be watchful for possible landslides due to the continuous stormy weather.

For emergencies dial CDRRMO hotlines 926-9273/74 or 09177113536 or PNP hotlines 9915656 or 062-117. Please be guided accordingly. — Sheila Covarrubias