DepEd: 168 schools serving as evacuation centersThursday, August 09, 2012 03:59 AM Views : 712Rainier Allan Ronda
Some 168 schools in flood-affected areas are currently serving as evacuation centers for over 14,000 families affected by flooding due to continuous rains in Luzon.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro, in an emergency meeting with the Department of Education-National Capital Region school division superintendents yesterday, urged executives to work closely with local government units (LGUs) as well as the City Social Welfare and Development Offices in their respective areas for the provision of these schools turned evacuation centers with supplies of basic commodities for the sheltering families.
"We need to make sure that we have enough supplies to provide for the needs of evacuees under our care. Let us work hand in hand with our city and barangay officials to ensure that urgent needs are provided given the current situation," Luistro said.
NCR has the largest number of evacuees with 9,741 families housed in 115 schools. In Region 3, there are 2,568 families in 36 schools, while 17 schools in Region 4A are providing shelter for 2,180 families.
Aside from ensuring the smooth operation of schools used as evacuation centers, local officials of DepEd NCR are currently finalizing a plan for the resumption of classes including provisions for make-up classes.
Aside from the suspension of classes in schools in Metro Manila, work was also suspended for the non-teaching personnel workforce of the Department of Education (DepEd) central office in Pasig City yesterday morning.
The work suspension came after DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro issued an office memorandum a few minutes past 10 a.m.
"Effective 11 a.m., work in the Department of Education Central Office is suspended today, Aug. 8, 2012," Luistro said in the memo.
"All personnel may opt to go home unless they have important matters to attend to in the office," Luistro said.
CHED denies suspending classes
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) reiterated yesterday that individual colleges and universities and local government units (LGUs) have the authority to suspend classes in the tertiary level during times of inclement weather and floods, and denied that it declared the suspension of classes in the tertiary level from Aug. 7 to 10.
The reported declaration by CHED, and the Department of Education, of the long class suspension came out in online social networking sites yesterday.
CHED noted that DepEd had come out on Twitter to deny that it had suspended classes in all levels in all schools nationwide for the same dates.
"In the same breath, CHED's official Twitter account retweeted DepEd's post to confirm that the announcement bears no truth," CHED chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan said in a statement.
"Based on CHED's latest memorandum regarding suspension or cancellation of classes (CMO 15, series of 2012), it does not issue the suspension. Higher education institutions (HEIs) and local government units (LGUs) are responsible for the suspension of classes," Licuanan said.
Tertiary schools suspend classes
Br. Ricky Laguda, Dela Salle University president, said DLSU classes will resume on Monday, Aug. 13. Other colleges and universities that declared suspension of classes at all levels today (Thursday) are as follow:
1. Ateneo de Manila University
2. Far Eastern University
3. University of the East
4. Philippine Christian University
5. Philippine Women's College
6. University of the Philippines, Diliman
7. University of Sto.Tomas
8. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
9. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
10. City College of Manila
PRC resets licensure exam
Due to prevailing bad weather and massive flood, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has reset the scheduled licensure examination supposed to be held today for master plumber.
PRC chairman Teresita Manzala said she and Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz agreed to reschedule the licensure examination on Sept. 6 and 7.
"We have rescheduled the examination in view of the inclement weather which has caused flood in Metro Manila and nearby areas," Manzala said.
The two-day licensure examination was supposed to be held in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao.
PRC has also suspended its operations at the Central Office in Manila yesterday.