DILG exec eyes local laws on class suspensions

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Posted at Jul 18 2018 11:59 AM

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Interior Undersecretary Epimaco Densing on Wednesday urged local governments to pass ordinances on the suspension of classes to keep students safe from rains and floods. 

Under Executive Order 66, local officials should announce class suspensions before 4:30 a.m. for morning sessions and before 11 a.m. for afternoon sessions. 

Some students, however, plodded through streets inundated by monsoon rains on Tuesday as some officials issued late announcements on class suspensions. 

Local ordinances can mandate officials to cancel classes based on rainfall warnings by the state weather bureau in the absence of storm signals in their area, Densing told radio DZMM. 

He also rejected a suggestion to transfer the responsibility of announcing class suspensions to the Department of Education, saying local officials have a better grasp of weather conditions in their area. 

DZMM, 18 July 2018