Typhoon Quinta: Class Suspensions for October 26, 2020

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020   •   231

Classes are suspended in all levels, both public and private:

METRO MANILA

– Caloocan City

– City Of Manila

– Las Piñas City

– Malabon City

– Mandaluyong City

– Muntinlupa City

– Pasay City

– San Juan City

– Taguig City

PROVINCE

– Albay

– Batangas City

– Camarines Sur

– Cavite

– Laguna

– Naga City

– Occidental Mindoro

– Oriental Mindoro

– Quezon

– Rizal

– Sorsogon

Classes are suspended from pre-school to highschool in both public and private:

– Quezon City

– Valenzuela City

Marikina City suspends classes for one month

Marje Pelayo   •   November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Marikina City announced the one-month suspension of classes in all levels, in both private and public schools due to the damage caused by Typhoon Ulysses.

The extended class suspension is from November 16 to December 16.

Mayor Marcy Teodoro on Monday (November 16) said extending the suspension of classes is necessary as students’ learning materials and equipment have been damaged.

“Dahil sa laki ng pinsala na dulot ng bagyong Ulysses, maraming lugar pa ang may makapal na putik, walang kuryente at tubig, unstable ang internet connectivity at ang mga modules at gadgets na ginagamit sa pag-aaral ay nabasa at nasira dahil sa baha,” Mayor Teodoro said.

[The massive devastation caused by Typhoon Ulysses left many areas in the city covered with mud with no electricity and water; unstable internet connectivity and damaged learning materials.]

“Ito ay para mabigyan rin ng pagkakataon na maiayos ng bawat pamilya ang kanilang mga kabahayan sa pag-aaral ng mga bata,” he added.

[This is to give every family time to repair their houses to make it conducive again for students’ learning.]

Mayor Marcy said the period of class suspension will allow school officials to reprint and redistribute learning modules to students. 

The Department of Education had previously said it will support the decision of local government units when it comes to the conduct of classes in their respective areas.

LGUs announced class suspension, resumption on Nov. 16

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Several local government units have declared a cancellation of classes for Monday, November 16, 2020, due to the continuing effects of Typhoon Ulysses.

In a twitter post, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced on Sunday that Synchronous or online classes from Kinder to Senior High School in public schools in Quezon City shall be suspended from November 16-17, 2020.

“Other modes of learning (asynchronous / printed modular) shall continue. Maximum leniency shall be extended to all students in light of the damages brought about by the typhoon,” Mayor Belmonte added.

“Private schools have the power to suspend classes upon their discretion as per DepEd NCR Advisory issued Nov 14, 2020,” she said further.

This decision was based on the recommendation of the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office-Quezon City.

The Caloocan City government, likewise, suspended online classes from November 16 to 21; while Pasig City has announced the suspension of classes from kindergarten to senior high school on Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 16-17).

On the other hand, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has announced that “classes in elementary, junior high school and senior high will resume tomorrow, November 16, 2020. Use of messenger classroom and asynchronous modality in areas with a weak internet signal.

The local chief executive based his decision on the recommendation of Dr. Magdalena Lim, the head of the Division of City Schools–Manila.

Meanwhile, the Adamson University has also announced class suspension on Nov. 16 and 17.

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines has declared academic break in all levels, all branches and campuses on Nov. 16–27.

The University of Santo Tomas, meanwhile, announced suspension of synchronous and asynchronous classes on Nov. 16–21.

The University of the Philippines has also declared cancellation of classes for Nov. 16–21. — /mbmf

SSS to provide calamity assistance to members, pensioners in typhoon-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) on Sunday announced that it will open an assistance package for its members and pensioners in areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as under a state of calamity due to Super Typhoon Rolly, Typhoon Quinta, and Typhoon Ulysses.

On its Facebook post, the SSS said the assistance program will be open on 27 November 2020.

The assistance package will include the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP), Three-month Advance Pension for SS and Employees’ Compensation pensioners, and the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan. 

“Applications for CLAP and the Three-month Advance Pension will be open from 27 November 2020 until 26 February 2021. The Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan will be open for one year from the issuance of its corresponding circular,” the advisory added.

The SSS added that it will be coordinating with its media partners and shall utilize its Facebook page for the release of the complete guidelines for the said programs.

The SSS concluded that it “commiserates with everyone who was affected by the said typhoons. It hopes that through the assistance package and its regular benefit programs, it may help its members and pensioners during these difficult times.” —/mbmf

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