DepEd DavNor declared indefinite suspension of classes in flooded areas

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 23 Jan 2013 View Original

TAGUM CITY, Jan. 23 -- The Department of Education Division of Davao del Norte has ordered the indefinite suspension of classes in the elementary and high school levels of the areas greatly affected by the flooding.

“We have directed our district supervisors to suspend classes in the areas affected by the flood starting Monday,” DepEd Davao del Norte Division officer-in-charge Aurelio Divinagracia said. The suspension order stands for as long as the floodwaters subside, he added.

He said majority of the schools in Carmen are affected by the flooding. Central is totally submerged and while Tuganay is only partially submerged, he said, there are no students because all the residential areas here are flooded.

In New Corella, classes in Misaoy Elementary School has been suspended because the school was used as an evaucation center. Almost all schools in Kapalong, he added, are also submerged in water as of Tuesday.

Divinagracia said three schools in Sto. Tomas including Esperanza Elementary and Talomo schools have suspended classes. Classes are also suspended in Tanglaop Elementary and High School in Dujali as it is submerged in water, he added.

He clarified that the suspension of classes only applies to those affected by the flooding so classes will continue in the areas not at all affected by the floodwaters or used as evacuation centers.

Despite the suspension of classes in flood-affected schools, he said, the teachers reported to their classrooms to secure the documents.

Divinagracia said the students have to attend the make-up classes scheduled whole day during Saturdays once the weather returns to normal.(RGA/LAC/PIA XI)