Albay suspends classes due to ‘Ramon’

Robie de Guzman   •   November 13, 2019   •   417

The provincial government of Albay has ordered the suspension of classes effective Wednesday afternoon due to the expected heavy rainfall brought about by Tropical Storm ‘Ramon.’

In an advisory, the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said classes in all levels in public and private schools are suspended starting 1:00 p.m. Wednesday.

It also urged residents to refrain from crossing swollen rivers and artificial pools of water, as well as fishermen to avoid navigating rough seas.

The agency also advised local disaster units to be on alert and monitor areas that are vulnerable to flashflood and landslides.

As of PAGASA’s 11 a.m. update, tropical cyclone signal number 1 has been raised over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar Provinces.

The state weather bureau said these areas may experience heavy rains.

On Thursday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will prevail over the eastern portion of Cagayan, Isabela and Northern Aurora, while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will be felt over Bicol Region, Apayao, Quezon, Northern Samar and the rest of Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora.

‘Ramon’ was last spotted at 385 kilometers east of Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It is moving west northwest at 20 kph.

No school in Metro Manila until April 12

Marje Pelayo   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Classes will remain suspended in all levels, both private and public, in the entire Metro Manila until April 12, 2020 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of community quarantine starting March 15.

The measure is the government’s move to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as Metro Manila records a number of confirmed cases.

Thus, the President reminds all students to stay at home and study or perform house chores in the duration of the class suspension.

“So you have duties to perform also. Avoid trouble with the law, avoid trouble with anybody, just in the meantime, follow,” the President said.

“Better just stay home and study. That is my advice,” he added.

Meanwhile, the President leaves it to the local government units outside of Metro Manila to decide on class suspension in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

LIST: Class suspensions due to coronavirus threat

Robie de Guzman   •   March 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Classes in some areas in Metro Manila were ordered suspended following the government’s declaration of state of public health emergency amid the rising number of confirmed novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

In separate announcements, some local governments declared that classes in all levels will be cancelled as precaution against the spread of the virus:

Classes in all levels in Pasay City also remain suspended until March 10, as well as in Cainta, Rizal and in Assumption College.

The Philippine now has 20 confirmed coronavirus cases after the Department of Health on Monday announced 10 more cases.

The DOH assured that contact tracing is being conducted and that it has reached out to concerned local government units.

Gatchalian calls on Chinese schools to suspend classes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 31, 2020

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian is urging Chinese schools to suspend classes after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Thursday (January 30) the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country.

“Because the case of mainland Chinese coming from China, the probability of them carrying the coronavirus is very high. So immediately, Chinese schools should suspend their classes, especially the ones who have high number of Chinese students,” he said.

Gatchalian also called on the government to consider a complete ban on travelers coming from China.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (January 31) imposed a travel ban from Wuhan City and Hubei province, China which is the ground zero novel coronavirus.

“Upon the recommendation of DOH [Department of Health] Secretary Francisco Duque, the President has issued a travel ban to Chinese nationals coming from the Hubei province of China where the nCoV originated, as well as in other places in China where there is a spread of the disease,” Presidential Spkoesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.—AAC

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