Dagupan issues guidelines on suspension of work, classes during disasters

DAGUPAN CITY, July 7 — Parents may not allow their kids to go school to school, with or without the cancellation or suspension of classes, if they feel that travelling to and from the school will put their children at risk.

This is just one of the several pieces of advice given by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) in a guideline issued Wednesday on the cancellation of classes and work during typhoons and other natural calamities.

Classes shall be cancelled automatically in all public and private preschool and kindergarten in case of storm signal number 1; elementary and high school, signal number 2; and college and work in all Department of Education offices, signal number 3.

Cancellations shall apply to the appropriate levels based on announcements made between 11:00 p.m. and 4:30 a. m.

Parents are advised to monitor announcements from PAGASA, NDRRMC or the Office of the President.

In the absence of a storm signal issued by Philippine Astronomical Geophysical and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA), the CDRRMC thru the city mayor may issue a localized suspension of classes or work if it deems appropriate to do so.

Announcement for such suspensions must be made not later than 4:30 a.m. for a whole day suspension or not later than 11:00 a.m. for afternoon suspension.

Local school heads may also be allowed to issue suspension in their areas provided that they coordinate their condition with the mayor or the CDRRMC. This may be deemed necessary if the school head assesses that there is a considerable risk in the lives or limbs of students.

School division offices, however, shall activate their Division Disaster Risk Reduction Offices to monitor the situation and keep their communication lines open.

School personnel designated as officers and members of the DRRMCs in schools designated as evacuation centers shall be requested to render services when classes are suspended.

For other forms of calamities, the CDRRMC is responsible for the cancellation of classes and work in government offices and must coordinate such with the national DRRMC. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)

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