Group to Palace, DepEd: ‘Strictly implement rules on class suspension’

CHILD welfare group, Akap Bata Party-List urged local government units all over the country to announce class suspension as early as 5:00 in the morning.

The group made the call as daycare, elementary and high school students suffer the consequences of late class suspension announcements of various LGU’s today due to heavy rains and floods brought by TS Marce.

The group also wanted the Palace and the Education Department to strictly implement and monitor their own rules in regards with class suspension. Akap Bata Party-List stresses both the Palace and DepEd already had existing policies on class suspension. Executive Order #66 and DepEd Order #43 both passes the responsibility on suspending classes to LGUs’ assessments and evaluation.

As explained by the group, EO#66 gives mandate to Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (LDRRMO), through their City Mayors, to announce suspensions of classes and work in government offices in their areas through all forms of available mass media.

On the other hand, the group added that DepEd Order #43 directs LGU’s to suspend classes in the absence of a storm warning signal from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA).

‘We challenge both the national and local governments to have quick efforts in assessing their own flood situation and have public announcements on class suspension as early as start of morning classes in order for parents to be informed right away if they will send their children to school or not,’ said Arlene Brosas, Akap Bata Party-List National Secretary-General.

Brosas added, ‘Both LGU’s and the national government should ensure that our students will be safe in going to school and back to their homes, especially in times of heavy rains and floods. It’s been a long time now since EO#66 and DepEd Order #43 has been signed and yet problems that we had this morning like confusions and late announcements on class suspensions are still existing.’

She insisted, ‘We suggest that the government must devise of more effective measures in order to have early assessments and announcements of local flood and rain situations in their localities. Our parents and students deserve timely and prompt information more than anything.’

‘Up-to-date reports and notices to the public must also be made in all forms of medium like broadcast media, social networking sites up to grass-root levels of announcements down to every barangays,’ Brosas said.

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