Tropical Storm Ondoy: Cancelled events, class suspensions


Posted at Sep 27 2009 07:59 AM | Updated as of Oct 07 2009 10:39 PM

[As of 12 a.m. Sept 30] List of class suspensions/resumptions, office closures, and cancelled events due to the effects of tropical storm Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) on Saturday.

Class suspensions/resumptions

Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog regions, Central Luzon

Province of Batangas Sept 29

Classes in Batangas province will resume Wednesday, September 30, the acting chief executive of the province announced Tuesday.

Acting Gov. Marc Leviste issued Wednesday a memorandum to all school officials and to the provincial offices of the Department of Education and Commission on Higher Education lifting the suspension of classes implemented since Monday after Tropical Storm “Ondoy” hit the province.

Taytay, Rizal, Sept 29

The office of Mayor Joric Gacula of Taytay, Rizal would like to ask for your kind assistance in announcing the suspension of classes in all levels until Saturday. Our office have been receiving calls since this morning. To avoid confusions of parents, pls help us announce. thank you very much! God bless! - Mayor Joric Gacula

CHED announcement Sept 29

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) said Tuesday that classes at the tertiary level in Metro Manila and other areas placed under a state of calamity will remain suspended until Saturday, October 3.

CHED Chairman Manuel Angeles made the announcement during Tuesday's briefing of the National Disaster Coordinating Council in Camp Aguinaldo with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Angeles said classes in colleges and universities will be suspended in the National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog Region (Regions 4A & B) and parts of Central Luzon.

Metro Manila

DepEd announcement Sept 29

Education Secretary Jesli Lapus earlier announced that elementary and high school classes in public and private schools in Metro Manila will remain suspended until Friday, October 2, due to the devastating effects of tropical storm Ondoy.

Lapus said the government is giving local government and school officials the discretion of suspending classes.

"Depending on local conditions in other areas, local government and school authorities may exercise judgment to suspend classes," Lapus said.

Metro Manila, Region IV-A

DepEd release Sept 28

DepEd response on text messages spreading that suspension of classes in elementary and high school levels will extend beyond Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
"We are assessing the situation and consulting with our field officials. Announcements will be made tomorrow morning after the joint cabinet-NDCC meeting. In the meantime, let’s do what we can to help those affected. We appeal to the parents and community to replicate the Brigada Eskwela bayanihan spirit in helping clean and prepare their barangay schools for class resumption."

DepEd release Sept 27

MANILA -- The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) has announced the suspension of classes in all levels in Metro Manila and Rizal Province on Monday and Tuesday following the extensive damage inflicted by Tropical Storm "Ondoy".

In a report by dzMM, NDCC chairman and National Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro has announced that there will be no classes in elementary, high school and college level in the said areas to give way to the rescue and relief operations.

Teodoro said that provincial governments not covered by the announcements are given discretion to decide if classes will go on in their jurisdiction.

University of the Philippines Manila Sept 29 advisory
Dr. Ramon L. Arcadio, The Chancellor

Classes in UP Manila remain suspended up to October 3, 2009 (Saturday). The Office of the Registrar will issue a revised academic calendar. Offices in UP Manila, however, will continue to render services to the public.

Office suspensions/resumptions

House of Representatives

Speaker Prospero Nograles Jr. announced that work and session in the House of Representatives are suspended on Monday, September 28. 

US Embassy September 28
US Embassy Will Resume Public Services on September 29

American citizens with flood-related emergency inquiries can contact the American Citizen Services (ACS) office at [email protected] or at the main U.S. Embassy telephone number: 301-2000. ACS will be open for American citizens with appointments or emergencies. Those without appointments needing non-emergency services are requested to postpone their visit to the Embassy, if possible.

Please check the US Embassy website at for any updates.

Commission on Elections

The Commission on Elections announced Monday that they will temporarily stop accepting applications for voter registration in the Cities of Pasig City’s 1st and 2nd Districts, Taguig and Muntinlupa from today, September 28 until such time that it will be possible for the said offices to resume their normal operations.  
Jimenez advised the voters in the Cities to contact COMELEC-NCR at telephone numbers 527-0846 or 527-9624 for additional information.

Cancelled events

  • 2009 Bar Examinations (rescheduled to October 4)
  • Licensure Examinations for Teachers (LET)
  • UAAP games: Women's and juniors basketball finals reset to next week; Men's basketball finals Game 1 reset to October 1 (Thursday)