MANILA, Philippines –Due to flooding caused by continuous rains since Tuesday night, the Department of Education announced early Wednesday the suspension of classes in the elementary and high school levels in public and private schools, a radio report said.
DepEd Undersecretary Vilma Labrador clarified the earlier announcement of Rizalino Rosales, officer in charge of the Department of Education-National Capital Region, who said there will be classes in these levels, a report on radio dzBB said.
Earlier, the mayors of the cities of Mandaluyong, Taguig, Pasig, Caloocan, Parañaque and Muntinlupa declared the suspension of classes in their areas.
Rosales said he based his announcement in the absence of recommendation from the field regarding the suspension of classes, the radio report said.
But he clarified that allowing the students to go to school would depend upon the discretion of school principals/superintendents, local government authorities and the parents themselves, the report said.
He explained that should parents decide not to send their children to school Wednesday because of the floods, the students will not be considered absent for the day.
In Manila, Mayor Alfredo Lim said the suspension of classes in the elementary and high school levels would cover only the public schools.
In Las Piñas, classes in all levels were suspended, according to Jimmy Castillano, city information officer.
Classes in all levels in Malabon were also declared suspended as almost 90 percent of the city was flooded, the report added.
Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte earlier said there will be classes in all levels even as some private schools in the city have announced otherwise.