SEVERAL Metro Manila cities have suspended classes in all levels for both public and private schools on Monday, September 26, due to Supertyphoon Karding.
The cities of San Juan, Taguig, Marikina, Manila, Muntinlupa, Pasig, Pasay, Mandaluyong and Quezon City announced the suspension of classes as Karding is expected to hit Metro Manila.
This, as the Department of Education (DepEd) reiterated the issuance of DepEd Order 37 (s. 2022) or the “Guidelines on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Schools in the Event of Disasters and other Natural Calamities.”
This policy is now in effect, according to DepEd Spokesman Michael Tan Poa, for it has been “uploaded in the DepEd website and filed with [the] ONAR [Office of the National Administrative Registrar] on September 20.”
The DepEd said the DO promotes the safety and protection of learners and personnel from unnecessary physical dangers they may be exposed to during natural disasters and calamities.
Likewise, the DO was issued to further guide schools, their personnel and learners, both within the public and private institutions on the suspension of classes and work during emergencies, Poa, also a lawyer, added.
THE Taguig city government has decided to suspend classes as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced in its 5 a.m. bulletin that Karding has now intensified into a Supertyphoon.
Taguig reminded its residents to stay updated by monitoring the typhoon movement and weather updates through television, internet or radio.
As power interruptions are expected, it advised people to make sure gadgets are fully charged.
“In case brownouts occurs, keep an eye on lighted candles or gas lamps. Protect your home,” City Hall reminded people.
In case of emergencies, these hotlines may be called:
Command Center—(02) 8789-3200; Taguig Rescue; 0919-070-3112; Taguig PNP; (02) 8642-3582; 0998-598-7932
SAN Juan City Mayor Francisco Javier “Francis” M. Zamora announced the suspension of classes in all levels in both public and private schools, as well as work in government.
“Classes in all levels in both public and private schools in the City of San Juan [on] September 26, and work in local government departments and offices except those involved in disaster response, are hereby suspended due to Supertyphoon Karding which is expected to hit Metro Manila,” Zamora said in his official Facebook account.
IN preparation for Karding, Marikina Mayor Marcelino R. Teodoro said they deployed their disaster and rescue personnel to respond to the needs of residents.
Marikina also pre-positioned rescue equipment for immediate use if needed.
Likewise, barangay chairpersons were ordered to assess the situation in their respective areas and make the necessary preparations.
“We are monitoring the water level along the Marikina River 24/7, as well as the rainfall count,” the mayor said.
Teodoro advised residents, especially those dwelling in low-lying areas, to prepare if there is a need to evacuate.
“They are also advised to coordinate with their respective barangays for latest advisories and updates,” he said.
He added, “We have already opened evacuation centers across the city and are now ready to accept evacuees.”