Classes remain suspended July 3 PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2015 11:02

by Sheila covarrubias

Classes in basic education remained suspended until Friday, July 3 on the account of continuing stormy weather that may pose risks to the safety and protection of school children.

This, in line with the declaration issued by Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde early Friday morning, citing Section 2 of Executive Order 66 of President Aquino and based on recommendation from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO).

The declaration however did not cover the higher education, as it is left at the discretion of school officials.

Nevertheless, Iturralde said the safety and protection of the students should be the primordial concern.

Classes were first suspended afternoon of June 30 until July 1. Mayor Beng Climaco ordered resumption of classes July 2 in view of the CDRRMO recommendation and in consideration of PAG-ASA updates which stated that the city will only experience light to moderate rain showers during the day. However, barely two hours after the release of the advisory, the rain poured causing the mayor to retract her resumption order and instead suspended classes immediately with caution for teachers and parents not to send home or fetch their children from school as the weather escalated to stronger winds and rains.

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.” — Sheila Covarrubias