MANILA, Philippines (5th UPDATE) - The Department of Education (DepEd) has suspended all classes in primary and secondary levels in Metro Manila Tuesday because of Typhoon Pedring.
The metropolis was placed under public storm warning signal number 2 on Monday afternoon because of the typhoon.
Based on the DepEd's guidelines, classes in pre-school, elementary, and high school in public and private schools are automatically suspended if signal number 2 is hoisted over an area.
DepEd National Capital Region chief Elena Ruiz said the department based its decision on the forecast of state weather bureau PAGASA that Metro Manila will continue to experience heavy rains Tuesday.
Authorities have also suspended classes in primary and secondary levels in Isabela, Quirino, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan.
Classes in primary and secondary levels are also suspended in Sta. Rosa, San Pablo and Cabuya, Laguna; San Mateo, Rodriguez, Jala-jala, and Antipolo in Rizal; and Rosario, Gen. Trias, Tanza, and Bacoor in Cavite.
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has lifted the number coding in the metropolis Tuesday because of Typhoon Pedring.
Colleges and universities
Classes are also suspended in all levels in the following colleges and universities on Tuesday:
- University of the Philippines – Manila
- University of the Philippines - Diliman (7am to 1 pm only)
- University of the Philippines - Los Baños
- Ateneo de Manila University - Loyola Heights
- De La Salle University - Taft
- De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde
- De La Salle Araneta University – Malabon
- De La Salle Dasmariñas
- Far Eastern University - Manila
- Far Eastern University - East Asia
- Far Eastern University – Diliman
- Adamson University
- San Beda College - Manila
- University of Santo Tomas
- University of the East Manila
- University of the East Caloocan
- Central College of the Philippines
- Philippine Christian University - Taft Campus
- Lyceum of the Philippines - Manila
- STI College Cubao, Caloocan, Novaliches
- University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
- National University
- Philippine College of Criminology (Sta. Cruz, Manila)
- Arellano University (all campuses)
- Asian Social Institute
- Samson College of Science and Technology
- Philippine State College of Aeronautics – Pasay
- Interface Computer College
- SouthEastern College
- Miriam College
- Bataan Peninsula State University
- FTI College
- St. Paul University
- Trinity University of Asia
- Colegio de San Juan de Letran
- Santa Cecillia College – Valenzuela
- National College of Science and Technology – Dasmarinas
- Triumphant Christian School
- St. Francis of Assisi College – Las Piñas
- Manila Central University – Caloocan
- St. Mary’s College – QC
- University of Caloocan
- FEATI University – Manila
- Centro Escolar University
- La Consolacion College
- University of Asia and the Pacific
- University of Perpetual Help - Molino
- Bataan Peninsula State University
- St. Scholastica's College - Manila
- Manila Tytana Colleges (formerly known as Manila Doctors College)
- National College of Business and Arts - Fairview, Cubao, Taytay
- Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
- Emilio Aguinaldo College - Cavite
- Southville Foreign University
The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has left it to respective colleges and universities to decide suspension of their classes Tuesday.
Based on CHEd Memorandum Order No. 34 series of 2010, classes at the collegiate level, including graduate school, are automatically suspended in higher education institutions (HEIs) once public storm warning signal number 3 is raised.
However, heads of HEIs have the discretion to cancel classes even if signal number 3 is not yet declared, especially if there are other factors, such as flooding and road damage.
The CHEd memo also stated that "even without the suspension of classes, students who are unable to report to class or participate in scheduled activities such as exams, due to inclement weather, shall be given consideration and be allowed to make up for the missed class or activity."
Based on the memo, the commission will not declare cancellation of classes.