Pangasinan suspends classes in public elementary, high school-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
DAGUPAN CITY -- Classes in elementary and secondary levels in all public schools in Pangasinan were suspended Friday to give way to athletes who are expected to participate in the two-day Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) unity games.
Governor Amado Espino Jr. signed an executive order suspending classes in the province to avoid inconvenience due to the large number of participants who will come from across northern Luzon for the INC sports events here.
At least 30,000 INC members from Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and the Cordillera Administrative Region are expected to flock in Lingayen town and Dagupan City where various ball games are scheduled.
Provincial administrator Rafael Howard Baraan said the suspension also allows elementary and high school students belonging to the religious group to join the games.
The Provincial Government anticipates heavy traffic as delegates from 30 districts of the four regions will be hiring their own buses, cars, and jeepneys that will traverse major routes here.
Traffic has been re-routed to avoid possible traffic build-up along main thoroughfares going to and from the sports venues.
Venus May Sarmiento, committee coordinator, said athletes will be billeted in various public schools in Lingayen.
Meanwhile, classes in pre-elementary, elementary, and secondary levels, both in public and private schools here have been automatically suspended, as storm signal number 2 was raised in Pangasinan due to Typhoon Santi.
The Department of Education set the rules on the suspension of classes to keep parents aware and students danger-free in cases of typhoons and other calamities. (PIA)