TWO schools in Talisay City, Negros Occidental suspended their classes on Tuesday, July 25, when some students, parents, and teachers felt unwell after inhaling a strong chemical odor from an unknown source.
Geoffrey Gutierrez, head of City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), said they received a call for assistance around 8 a.m. on Tuesday from Talisay South Elementary School.
All pupils were advised to leave the school and were gathered at the public plaza.
Gutierrez said the strong odor also reached the adjacent Colegio San Nicolas de Tolentino-Recoletos, where some of the high school students complained of difficulty in breathing, headache, and nausea.
All students stayed in a nearby church until the odor disappeared.
Gutierrez said the affected parents, teachers, and students were brought to the City Health Office for medical attention. They were all discharged after getting treatment.
Gutierrez said the CDRRMO, City Health Office, Talisay City Police Station, and Environment and National Resources Office are conducting a joint investigation to determine the source of the chemical odor that also reached two barangays.
Classes of the two schools will resume on Wednesday, July 26, he added.