Palace to LGUs: Announce work, class suspensions early

by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 03 2012 04:48 PM | Updated as of Jul 04 2012 04:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang is reminding local chief executives to make an early announcement of localized suspension of classes and work in government office.
Executive Order number 66, series of 2012, has devolved to local chief executives the discretion of suspending classes and work in government offices in the absence of storm warning signals.
Section 2 of the EO also states that "[a]nnouncements will be made not later than 4:30 AM of the day of the intended cancellation of classes and work, or not later than 11:00 AM for suspension of work and classes in the afternoon session."
The Palace is hoping that "this will be the last time" that announcements are made by local government units late in the day, resulting in confusion and inconvenience especially among parents, students.
"We are giving them a little bit more time to cope with the new system and we hope that this will be the last time," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing.
"Nakalagay din po sa EO na 'yon that the suspension of morning classes must be announced by 4:30 in the morning para naman po maiwasan po nating makalabas na 'yung mga bata at 'yung ating mga magulang nakapaghatid. We will be asking for a little bit of your patience because it is a new devolved system and our LGUs will need to also get used to that system. But again, we would like to remind them as well as the reminder from DILG that the responsibility of suspending classes in your localities are now with your local chief executives," Valte added.
"So again, we would like to take this opportunity to remind them that the responsibility to suspend classes in times of inclement weather when there are no storm signals belongs now to the local government officials."