Metro Manila mayors to draft standardized policy on class suspensions

Marje Pelayo   •   August 7, 2018   •   6414

MANILA, Philippines – Confusions on class suspensions especially during inclement weather will soon be addressed.

Metro Manila Council of Mayors on Tuesday (August 7) agreed to form a technical working group that would create a policy that defines the guidelines that local government units (LGU) must follow in declaring class suspensions.

According to the group’s chairman Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, they agreed to come up with a uniformed policy on cancellation of classes.

“Mag-meeting under TWG ang lahat ng local DRRMO officers with CHED, DepEd, Pagasa, Dpwh and OCD para magbuo at magbalangkas ng isang polisiya para sa Metro Manila, para magkaroon ng uniform at tamang basehan ng padedeklara ng walang pasok,” Bautista said.

Meanwhile, the group responded to critics alleging the delays in class cancellations that usually cause outrage from the public.

Mayor Abby Binay claims that she has been receiving threats of bomb plots and assassination because of such delays in announcing class suspension especially during heavy downpours.

“Ginagawa naman ang lahat ng Metro Manila Mayors. Gumagastos para sa pagpapalaki ng mga drainage system pagdudugtong ng drainage system, pagpapalad ng ilog, Pero dahil sa bumaha ng konti hindi nagdeklara ng walang pasok nagsumbong sa 8888 ng presidente, Nagisyu ang DILG na isususpinde ang mayor dahil hindi sya nakapagdeklara kagad. It becomes unfair to the mayors,” Mayor Bautista defended.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) stood in defense of the mayors saying situations vary in each locality.

“Hindi ko nga maintindihan itong mga estudyante natin.Tuwang-tuwa kapag walang pasok pero kapag may araw babatikusin naman ang mga mayor. Of course ang mga mayor nagrerely lang din iyan sa information na ibinabato sa kanila,” explained MMDA Chairman Jose Garcia.

The TWG is expected to submit the draft uniformed policy within the next two weeks. – Joan Nano / Marje Pelayo

#WalangPasok: Class cancellations for August 2

Robie de Guzman   •   August 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Here is a list of areas where classes have been cancelled for Friday, August 2 due to heavy rain in parts of the country brought about by the southwest monsoon or habagat.

ALL LEVELS (afternoon classes, public and private schools)

  • Caloocan
  • Las Pi؜ñas
  • Malabon
  • Parañaque
  • Taguig
  • San Juan
  • Marikina
  • Pasay
  • Pasig
  • Mandaluyong
  • Quezon City
  • Muntinlupa
  • Navotas
  • Valenzuela
  • Pateros
  • Makati
  • Manila
  • Dasmariñas City, Cavite
  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Pangasinan (Infanta, Bugallon, Bani, Mabini)
  • Bulacan (Hagonoy, Calumpit)
  • Tarlac City
  • Zambales (Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, Castillejos, Masinloc, Olongapo City, Palauig, San Antonio, Subic)

PRE-SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL (public and private schools)

  • Pangasinan (Sual, Lingayen, San Carlos City, Urbiztondo, Calasiao, Mangatarem)

PRE-SCHOOL TO ELEMENTARY (public and private schools)

  • Pangasinan (Dagupan, Aguilar)

PRE-SCHOOL (public and private schools)

  • Bolinao, Pangasinan

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Smog-ridden Mexico City suspends school classes due to pollution

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 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)

List of Class and Work Suspensions

UNTV News   •   September 13, 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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