Classes resume Wednesday in 5 cities

from a report by Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2012 12:25 AM | Updated as of Jul 04 2012 05:52 PM

But city officials to monitor weather, make announcement at 4 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines – Five cities in Metro Manila have announced that classes in all schools will resume on Wednesday.

The following cities made the announcement Tuesday night:

• San Juan
• Marikina
• Mandaluyong
• Pasig
• Navotas

City officials, however, stressed that they will continue to monitor the weather and will make another announcement at 4 a.m. in case of more floods.

Many local government units, schools and universities announced the suspension of classes on Tuesday due to strong rains caused by a low pressure area (LPA).

The state weather bureau said the LPA will continue to bring rains over Luzon but noted that the weather system is moving away from the country.

It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday.

Decision from LGUs

Several students were stranded on Tuesday due to the late suspension of classes, prompting Malacañang to remind local government units (LGU) to make the announcements of classes suspension as early as 4 a.m.

The early announcement will help prevent traffic and students braving the floods.

“We are giving them a little bit more time to cope with the new system and we hope this will be the last time,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

Interior and Local Secretary Jesse Robredo said several LGUs have been practicing this through barangay captains.

“Kung may makakakita niyan, si kapitan ‘yun. You can call the principal and the city hall and inform them based on assessment,” he said.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, meanwhile, said parents should also make a decision on whether or not to allow their children to brave the floods.

“Kung alam mong baha na doon sa lugar ninyo para makarating sa eskwelehan, eh di huwag mo na papasukin,” he said. -- Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News