Timely class suspensions pushed

Manila News Bureau Chief

MANILA – Local government units were reminded to issue class suspensions on time in case of strong weather disturbances.

Malacañang issued the reminder after receiving feedback from parents and school officials about the late announcement of concerned local government executives.

“We have reiterated to the local governments especially, in light of the rainy season…that class suspensions should be made on time,” Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte said.

Under Executive Order No. 66 issued by President Benigno Aquino III, when Signal No. 1 is raised by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), classes in the pre-school level in affected areas shall be automatically cancelled.

When Signal No. 2 is hoisted, classes in the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels in affected areas shall be automatically suspended.

When Signal No. 3 or higher is raised by PAGASA, classes in pre-school, elementary, secondary and tertiary levels in the affected areas, including graduate school, as well as work in all government offices shall be automatically cancelled

In the absence of typhoon alerts from PAGASA, the President said localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices may be implemented by local chief executives, as chairmen of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) concerned, in coordination with PAGASA and the National DRRMC, in high-risk areas./PN