Revised Rules on the Suspension of Classes and Government Work (per Executive Order 66)

The onset of the rainy season brought with it an avalanche  of complaints from students and parents arising from the late suspension of classes. By the time announcements are made made due to flooding of streets in and around Metro Manila, students are already in their respective schools. They have to wade through flooded streets not only once, but twice.

To recall, President Benigno Aquino issued an Executive Order prescribing the rules for the cancellation/suspension of classes and work in government offices in case of typhoons, flooding or other calamities. The following guidelines shall be followed for the automatic cancellation or suspension of classes in all public and private elementary, secondary and tertiary schools, as well as work in all government offices:

a. When Signal No. 1 is raised by PAGASA, classes at the pre-school level, in the affected area, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.

b. When Signal No. 2 is raised by PAGASA, classes at the pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, in the affected area, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.

c. When Signal No. 3 or higher is raised by PAGASA, classes at preschool, elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels, in the affected area, including graduate school, as well as work in all government offices, shall be automatically cancelled or suspended.

Some say these guidelines are seriously inadequate. Let’s hear your opinion. Do you believe these guidelines are adequate? Inadequate? How do you think the EO should be improved? Use the comment section below. Thank you.

One comment

  1. Not quite responsive, especially in flooding cases where no Signal is raised. I wonder if there’s a way by which PAGASA, in coordination with the LGU and other entities, can come up with a different set of warning system that takes into account rainfall levels vis a vis a particular area’s propensity for flooding? This new system can be included in the scope of an expanded/revised version of EO 66 so that automatic suspension doesn’t just depend on traditional tropical cyclone condition but rainfall and specific environmental conditions as well.

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