NEED to know if classes are suspended?
It’s “back-to-school” once again for Pinoy kids. SY 2012-2013 officially opened last Monday, June 2, for most schools in the Philippines. Lucky are those who still enjoy their vacation for one more week or so.
Not only are we on the “back-to-school” craze but it’s also back to rainy day season! The weather has been really crazy, you have to agree with me. One minute it’s scorching hot, then the next minute, it’s raining like mad. It’s a challenge not only students go through, but even the working class. Good thing for the students, classes get to be suspended if it really pours. For the working peeps, it’s business as usual.
Speaking of class suspension, the Department of Education (DepEd) released an update last June 1 that they will no longer announce class suspensions. Read through Executive Order no. 66 on the rules or guidelines of cancellation/suspension of classes, signed by PNoy early this year.
While the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) storm signal announcements will still be considered, the responsibility of announcing class suspensions is now tasked to the local government unit (LGU). The officials, DepEd said, are in a better position to assess their own turf.
Yes, it makes sense. After all, the gravity of a typhoon depends the place. I remember back in college, we had to wait for PAGASA’s announcement if classes will be suspended when in fact, the streets of Espana are flooded already. Not even trucks and buses dare pass! Lots of students end up stranded on the streets and even in school because suspension was announced too late.
They could have realized this long ago, huh? But then it’s good that an executive order is signed. Now, it’s going to be just a matter of cascading the information.
Read more about this story at the Official Gazette. Bookmark this page because the most NEEDED information you can rely on can only come from a reliable source — the Office of the President of the Philippines.