Mayor Sara suspends classes following 6.6 magnitude earthquake

Marje Pelayo   •   October 29, 2019   •   1184

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Mayor Sara Duterte on Tuesday (October 29) immediately ordered the suspension of classes in all levels, from kindergarten to post-graduate studies both private and public, following a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake that hit the southwest portion of the city.

In a statement, Mayor Sara said school owners and administrators to immediately initiate a safety inspection in their school structures with the guidance of a qualified engineer as the tremblor may have caused structural and electrical damage to buildings and houses.

“If they find building defects that are dangerous and need repair, they should immediately condemn the area and not allow students to use the same,” the Mayor said.

Mayor Sara added that the decision to suspend classes for Wednesday (October 30) “shall be on a case to case basis and shall depend on the individual schools’ announcement.”

Meanwhile, the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office reported that the city’s coastline remains calm thus, no tsunami alert was announced.

DepEd says class suspensions due to COVID-19 surge up to regionals, school divisions

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday said it is allowing its regional and school division offices to suspend classes and other teaching-related activities amid the steep increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.

In a memorandum, the DepEd said its regional offices (RO) and school division offices (SDO) may exercise discretion in suspending classes and other activities based on their assessment of the health status of teachers and learners, and the IATF risk classification.

“Given the varying health situations in different areas, the ROs/SDOs are given the option, based on their reliable assessment of the health status of their teachers and learners and the IATF risk classification, to declare the suspension of classes within the month of January 2022,” the agency said.

“The ROs/SDOs shall decide on the specific dates and number of days for the suspension of classes as long as the period of class suspension does not exceed 2 weeks in order to avoid a prolonged disruption in the current school calendar,” it added.

The DepEd said that during the suspension of classes, “all synchronous and asynchronous classes will be put on hold while submission of academic requirements and conduct of other teaching-related activities must be moved to a later date.”

“For late submission of requirements, accommodations must be afforded for those with valid reasons,” it added.

Regional offices and school division offices should also make necessary adjustments in the school calendar to ensure that the number of schools days in the current school year remains in accordance with Republic Act (RA) 11480, which amends Section 3 of RA 7797 or An Act to lengthen the school calendar from 200 days to not more than 220 class days.

Furthermore, the department reminded schools to adhere to its policy on academic ease “to ensure flexibility in the teaching-learning process amid the pandemic by recalibrating the strategy of assigning teaching responsibilities and learning activities in order to safeguard the well-being of both teachers and learners.”

Meanwhile, private schools, in consultation with their respective parents’ associations, may exercise their own discretion relative to the suspension of classes and K to 12 learning activities when COVID-19 risks in their respective areas are high, the DepEd said.

Pagbabawal sa non-essential face-to-face gathering sa Davao City, pinalawig hanggang Sept. 2022

Robie de Guzman   •   January 6, 2022

Pinalawig pa ng lokal na pamahalaan ng Davao City ang pagbabawal sa non-essential physical gatherings sa mga opisina ng gobyerno sa lungsod.

Sa bisa ng Executive Order No. 69 na nilagdaan ni Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, extended hanggang Setyembre ngayong taon ang pagbabawal sa mga non-essential face-to-face events sa lahat ng opisina ng gobyerno dahil na rin sa banta ng paglitaw ng Omicron at iba pang variant ng COVID-19.

Sakop ng kautusan ang mga barangay, local, national government offices, agencies at instrumentalities, gayundin ang Government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCC).

Layunin ng kautusan na maiwasan ang hawaan at muling pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa lungsod.

Suspendido rin kahit ang mga maituturing na essential activities gaya ng face-to-face trainings at seminars, kung ito ay hindi naman emergency.

Ang pamamahagi ng food o non-food items na walang kaugnayan sa kalamidad at mga emergency na sitwasyon ay dapat ring ipamahagi via house-to-house sa pamamagitan ng contactless delivery.

Ang tangi lamang pinapayagang pagtitipon sa local government agencies ay ang pagsasagawa online ng mga sumusunod na aktibidad:

  • inauguration
  • anniversary
  • thanksgiving
  • ribbon-cutting
  • blessing
  • turnover
  • groundbreaking activity
  • launching program
  • salo-salo
  • birthday
  • press conferences
  • oath taking program
  • photo opportunity
  • retirement honors
  • welcome honors
  • testimonial programs
  • summer outing
  • team building

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa 79 ang aktibong kaso ng COVID-19 sa Davao City.

Pero pinaghahandaan na ng lokal na pamahalaan ang posibilidad ng pagdami ng kaso sa susunod na mga linggo dahil sa kakatapos lamang na holiday season at posibleng pagpasok ng Omicron variant sa lungsod. (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lucille Lloren)

Magnitude 5.1 quake rattles Occidental Mindoro

Robie de Guzman   •   December 21, 2021

A magnitude 5.1 quake jolted parts of Occidental Mindoro and nearby areas on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) said.

In a bulletin, PHIVOLCS said the epicenter of the quake was located 15 kilometers northeast of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. It occurred at 12:08 p.m.

The temblor was a tectonic in origin and had a depth of 15 kilometers.

PHIVOLCS said the quake was felt at the following areas:

• Intensity IV – Sablayan and Rizal, Occidental Mindoro
• Intensity III – Abra De Ilog, Santa Cruz and Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro; Calapan City and Bansud, Oriental Mindoro
• Intensity II – Makati City; Batangas City; Baco, Oriental Mindoro
• Intensity I – Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Tingloy, Batangas;

“This is an aftershock of the October 03, 2021 M5.3 Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro Earthquake event,” the agency noted in its report.

Damage and aftershocks are to be expected following the quake, PHIVOLCS said.

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