Mayor welcomes DepEd's class suspension policy

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio said Saturday she is in favor of the recent Department of Education (DepEd) order which gives authority to all local government units (LGUs) to declare suspension of classes during typhoons.

DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro issued Deped Order 43 which will guide its regional, division and school officials on the proper and new protocols in times of major weather disturbances and possible calamities.

The city mayor said she sees no problem with the new order since it would only simplify the protocol on suspending classes.


"After all, we get all the information about weather conditions and the status on the ground so we can easily decide on suspension of classes due to weather disturbance," Duterte-Carpio told Sun.Star Davao.

The order, which directs local governments to assume responsibility in announcing class suspensions, applies to both public and private schools across the country.

The order was in compliance with the Executive Order No. 66 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on January 9.

The order states that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) will still be the source of information with which all LGUs should base their decision including the automatic cancellation of classes during typhoons.

However, it will be the LGU's responsibility to announce it in their area of responsibility.

DepEd Order No 43 provides that both classes in pre-school and kindergarten will be automatically suspended during Storm Signal No. 1.

There will still be no classes in elementary and secondary level on Signal No. 2, and no classes in all levels on Signal No. 3.

But if there's no storm signal, especially in Davao Region, suspension in all classes in public and private schools as well as work in the government offices in specific localities will be in the discretion of the local chief executive.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 10, 2012.

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