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Metro Manila mayors mull transferring power to cancel classes to new agency

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

The Metro Manila Council is looking at the possibility of passing to another agency the authority of local chief executives to suspend work and classes in times of bad weather.

In their position paper, the city administrators are contemplating on forming a lead agency composed of the Department of Education, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the Metro Manila Development, that shall decide on declaration of class suspensions.

“Gusto natin magkaroon ngayon ng iisang tinig para sa kalakhang Maynila pagdating sa suspensyon ng klase, nang sa ganun ay maayos ang magiging batayan at desisyon ng punong lungsod,” Quezon City Administrator Aldrin Cuña said.

Local officials are often bashed on social media over late announcements during inclement weather.

“Ang iniiwasan lang ng mga mayor ngayon ay yung sinisisi sila dahil pag nag deklara ng suspensyon ng klase biglang umaaraw tapos pag nagdedeklara ng suspensyon ng klase ng maaga o huli. Hindi na nila alam kung ano yung tama at maling gagawin sa suspensyon bagamat hindi natin kontrolado ang klima at panahon,” Cuña said.

But the council clarified that the jurisdiction in suspending classes will not be totally removed from them as they may still override the decision of the lead agency depending on the situation in their respective areas.

LGUs will also provide important information to the selected agency to help in making quick and sound decision.

“Ang tao kasi namin nasa national road lang eh so usually pag bumaha mga inner roads ng barangay hindi namin namomonitor. Ang nakakamonitor talaga nyan mga LGU, so pag-aaralan natin,” MMDA General Manager, Jojo Garcia said.

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Smog-ridden Mexico City suspends school classes due to pollution

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 17th, 2019

Courtesy : Reuters

Mexico’s government ordered schools in and around Mexico City to be closed on Thursday (May 16) in an extraordinary step taken due to elevated levels of pollution in the smog-wreathed capital.

The education ministry said in a statement on Wednesday (May 15) that the measure applies to public and private schools in the Mexico City metropolitan area, which is home to well over 20 million people. It recommended that children avoid exercise, remain indoors and avoid using contact lenses.

Two of the city’s principal seats of higher learning, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the National Polytechnic Institute, also said they would suspend classes in the metropolitan area on Thursday due to the pollution.

On Tuesday (May 14) the city’s authorities declared an environmental emergency. They have come under pressure to act due to reduced visibility caused by smoke and ash in the air during an extended dry spell.

“The increase in the temperature will worsen air pollution in cities because the chemical that pollution carries is dependent on the temperature. A prediction that is materialising is that there are an increasing numbers of forest fires because there is more drought, higher temperatures,” said the Environmental Consultant for the Mexico City Government.

“We have already seen this in the United States in California. We’ve had a very clear example of this in recent years,” it added.

Smoke from nearby wildfires has pushed pollution to levels deemed potentially harmful to human health.

“There are winds over Mexico City that are bringing with them particles that are setting off fires in different areas of the metropolitan area of the Mexico City valley area. Also, we’ve been informed that hopefully, this changes by the end of the week,” said Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum.

“I have a one-and-a-half year old baby and I am looking to protect myself from getting sick, so as not to have the medical expenses and from feeling bad. It (mouth mask) is more preventative and for my baby,” said Pamela Barajas, a local resident.

“As citizens there are issues that we don’t know about, for example, with the particles (in the air) that are affecting breathing. We are affected because we suddenly feel that our eyes and nasal passages are irritated so in this respect it is alarming. And for children, there was a child that got a haemorrhage (from the pollution). So, I want to think that this (school closure) is because of the pollution and heatwave, combined with the heatwave it (pollution) is a more serious problem,” said Natividad Malpica, a local resident.

The Federal Environment Department said Wednesday that 3,800 firefighters are combating an average of about 100 fires a day in brush, scrub, agricultural and forest land throughout the country. Fire risk is highest in the spring for much of Mexico because the summer rainy season has not yet started. (REUTERS)

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List of Class and Work Suspensions

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

#WalangPasok #INGATKAsangbahay #OmpongPH
UPDATED as of September 14, 2018 – 9:30 AM. — In anticipation of the impact of Typhoon Ompong, the following local government units have already declared suspension of classes.
 

QUEZON CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)
– Work Suspended, Quezon City LGU on Friday (September 14, 2018)

PARAÑAQUE CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

PASIG CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

PASAY CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

LAS PIÑAS CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

MUNTINLUPA CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

NAVOTAS CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

MANILA CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

– Work Suspended, Manila City LGU Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

CALOOCAN CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

MAKATI CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

MALABON CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

MANDALUYONG CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday to Sunday (September 14-16,2018)

MARIKINA CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

PATEROS
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

SAN JUAN CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)
– Work Suspended, San Juan City LGU Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

TAGUIG CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

TAGUIG CITY
– Classes suspended, ALL LEVELS on Friday and Saturday (September 14-15,2018)

— ALL LEVELS on September 14, 2018 – Friday

MORONG, Rizal
JALA-JALA, Rizal
PILILLA, Rizal
BINANGONAN, Rizal
ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal
RODRIGUEZ, Rizal
TAYTAY, Rizal
CAINTA, Rizal
TANAY, Rizal

Bulacan
Nueva Ecija
Tarlac
Zambales
Cavite
Laguna
Quezon
Apayao
Abra (including work in public, private offices)
La Union (including work in public, private offices)
Pangasinan (including work in public offices)
Kalinga
Mountain Province
Cagayan
Isabela
Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya (including work in public, private offices)
Aguinaldo, Ifugao
Alfonso Lista, Ifugao
Asipulo, Ifugao
Hingyon, Ifugao
Lagawe, Ifugao
Mayoyao, Ifugao
Angeles City, Pampanga
Arayat, Pampanga
Bacolor (DHVTSU), Pampanga
Candaba, Pampanga
Guagua, Pampanga
Lubao, Pampanga
Macabebe, Pampanga
Masantol, Pampanga
Minalin, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
Sta. Ana, Pampanga
Sta. Rita, Pampanga
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Cebu City
Calbayog City, Samar
Zamboanga CitySAN TEODORO, Oriental Mindoro
POLA, Oriental Mindoro
CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro
NAUJAN, Oriental Mindoro
PUERTO GALERA, Oriental Mindoro

PREPARATORY to SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
BULALACAO, Oriental Mindoro
PINAMALAYAN, Oriental Mindoro
BACO, Oriental Mindoro

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#WalangPasok : List of Class Suspensions for September 13-15

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

In anticipation of the impact of Typhoon #OmpongPH, the following local government units / schools have already declared suspension of classes.

— Quezon City, Sept. 14-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— Zambales, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Abra, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Apayao, Sept. 13-16, All Levels – Public & Private
— Marilao, Bulacan, Sept. 13, All Levels – Public & Private
— Obando, Bulacan, Sept. 13, All Levels – Public & Private
— Cagayan, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Ilocos Norte, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Ilocos Sur, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Angadanan, Isabela, Sept. 14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Masantol, Pampanga, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Sta. Rita, Pampanga, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— Sorsogon, Sept. 13, All Levels – Public & Private
— Camarines Sur, Sept. 14-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— Aringay, La Union, Sept. 13, All Levels – Public & Private
— Balaoan, La Union, Sept. 13, All Levels – Public & Private
— Bangar, La Union, Sept. 13, All Levels – Public & Private
— Caba, La Union, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— Bauang, La Union, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— San Fernando, La Union, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— San Gabriel, La Union, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— Sudipen, La Union, Sept. 13-15, All Levels – Public & Private
— San Juan , La Union, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private
— Naguilian, La Union, Sept. 13-14, All Levels – Public & Private

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