MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday urged local government units to only suspend classes if Southeast Asian (SEA) Games events would affect their areas.
DILG made the pronouncement after President Rodrigo Duterte declined proposals to suspend classes in all schools in Metro Manila and nearby regions during the country’s hosting of the 30th SEA Games.
“Guided by President Duterte’s decision not to suspend classes in all schools in Metro Manila and nearby regions, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is instead recommending the suspension of classes in at least 20 public and private schools, colleges, and universities in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon on December 2 to 6 to give way to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games,” the DILG said in a statement.
According to DILG Undersecretary and spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, such recommendation is provided under DILG Memorandum Circular 2019-198, which was issued by DILG Secretary Eduardo Año upon the request of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) to ease traffic flow during the regional sports competition of the biennial meet.
“Siguradong libo-libong tao at sasakyan ang dadagsa sa mga lugar na pagdadausan ng SEA Games para saksihan ang tagisan ng galing sa larangan ng sports,” Malaya was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Dahil dito, nagpalabas ng Memorandum si Seretary Año sa mga mayor sa mga naturang lugar na suspendihin o kanselahin ang mga klase sa piling mga paaralan at unibersidad para kahit paano ay maibsan ang traffic at para na rin sa pagpapanatili ng kaayusan,”he added.
Based on the memo, the following schools and areas are recommended to suspend classes from Dec. 2 to 6 :
Metro Manila – St. Paul College-Pasig, Poveda, De La Salle University, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, St. Scholastica’s College-Manila, Arellano University School of Law-Manila, and Wesleyan College-Manila;
Southern Luzon Cluster – Tagaytay Science National High School, City College of Tagaytay, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School, Blessed Christian School de Santa Rosa, U.P. Los Baños, Christian School International, and San Antonio Elementary School;
Subic Cluster – Lyceum of Subic Bay Palm Tree, WOW Recreation and Activity Center, Mondriam Aura College, and College of Subic Bay Montessori-Subic Bay;
Clark Cluster – Systems Plus College Foundation and Angeles University Foundation.
Malaya said mayors of these areas may extend the class suspension should they see the need to do so.
“The DepEd or school authorities may also declare class suspensions on their own authority if they wish to do so,” he said. “We have provided the Mayors with the competition schedules which will serve as their basis on determining the dates of the class suspension in these select schools.”