DLSU Manila suspends classes, work on Dec. 2 to 7 due to SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019   •   852

MANILA, Philippines – The De La Salle University in Manila on Tuesday announced the suspension of classes and work for six days in December due to activities in line with the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

A memo dated November 12, 2019 from the Office of the Chancellor states that classes will be cancelled from December 2 to 7, 2019.

“Access to the campus will likewise be restricted,” the memo read.

The Philippines will be hosting this year’s SEA Games which will open on November 30 in Bulacan.

Around 12,000 athletes and their coaches, 1,000 international media members, 15,000 volunteers, and spectators, among others are expected to participate and watch the games.

It features 56 sports and 530 events in 44 venues. Although these events will be conducted in various parts of Luzon, a bulk of these tournaments will be held in Metro Manila.

The closing ceremony of the games will be in the New Clark City in Tarlac on December 11.

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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