Early, timely announcement

IMAGINE the positive results the move of the national government through the Department of Education (DepEd) empowering the local chief executives to declare the suspension of school classes in their respective turfs it can bring to students and school personnel as well.

Just like during the last few days when typhoon “Gener” brought strong winds and incessant rains leaving major roads and streets leading to schools flooded and almost impassable to all types of vehicles, the mayors especially in the national capital region got their acts together much to the relief of many residents particularly those living in low-lying or flood-prone areas.

For one in the northern metropolis, CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) residents were all praises for their mayors for their early and timely announcement before the students and school personnel could leave their homes.

In Navotas City, Mayor John Rey Tiangco met with the village chiefs and local school executives at the height of the storm and after assessing the situation per barangay, he quickly gave the green light for the village heads and school officials to announce the suspension of classes.

“Since the rains continue until early Monday morning plus the high tide which worsens the floodwaters, I have decided to suspend the school classes before the students and school personnel could leave their homes,” Tiangco was quoted as saying.

Similarly, Mayors Enrico “Re-com” Echiverri (Caloocan), Antolin “Lenlen” Oreta III (Malabon), Sherwin “Win” Gatchalian (Valenzuela) and Herbert Bautista (Quezon City) also made the timely announcement which turned out to be of great com-fort to the residents since most of them had opted to stay at home resulting in less number of affected individuals who could have been either caught in flood-waters or stranded if the announcement would be like the old way.

With that, the local chief executives could now shift their focus on equally crucial matters like identifying temporary shelters for possible evacuation of families in case the situation worsens and setting up contingency measures to make sure that the needed support and assistance are ready for the affected families especially those living in danger zones like river-sides, creeks and under the bridges, among others.


National Press Club (NPC) President Benny Antiporda has a piece of advice for PNoy who apparently couldn’t realize that he’s now the President who must not only be hailed whenever his actions and decisions turn favorable to many but also be subject to criticism if his “right path” goes elsewhere and with no clear direction.

It would be to everybody’s interest if the President and his communication team would continue to drumbeat the positive gains of his administration instead of being adversarial in their relationship with the media, says NPC’s Antiporda.

While there will always be critics, the majority of Pinoys including a large number of those in the media are firm supporters and believers of the president’s reform agenda, adds Mr. Antiporda as he further advises P-Noy to continue reaching out to the people, especially to the far bigger number of the country’s media practitioners who adhere to the journalists’ Code of Ethics in the practice of their profession.

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