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#WalangPasok: Updated List of Work and Class cancellations for April 13, 2023 (Thursday)

Manila, Philippines – Several Local Government Units and Schools in the Philippines suspended classes and government work on Thursday, April 13, 2023, due to Tropical Depression Amang.

#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for April 2023

#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for April 2023

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(As of 10:18pm, April 12, 2023) Here’s an updated list of towns, cities, and schools that canceled classes/work On Thursday:

Bicol Region

  • Camarines Sur – (all levels, public and private)

CALABARZON

  • Laguna Province
    • Calamba – all levels (public and private) (Source)
    • Province of Laguna – all levels (public and private) (Source)
  • Quezon Province
    • Lopez, Quezon (pre-elementary to high school)
  • Rizal
    • Montalban – (Kindergarten to Senior High School and Alternative Learning System, public and private)
  • Batangas
    • Sto Tomas – Kindergarten to senior high school (public and private) (source)

Central Luzon

  • Aurora
    • Entire Province – Kindergarten to senior high school (public and private) (source)
  • Bulacan
    • tba
  • Nueva Ecija
    • tba

Forecast Weather Conditions Issued at 4:00 PM, 12 April 2023

SYNOPSIS: At 3:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “Amang” was estimated based on all available data over the coastal waters of Lagonoy, Camarines Sur (13.7°N, 123.6°E) with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving Northwestward slowly.

Forecast Weather Conditions

Place Weather Condition Caused By Impacts
Bicol Region, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Aurora Rains with gusty winds TD Amang Possible flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy with at times intense rains. Minimal to minor threat to lives and properties due to strong winds
Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, the rest of Central Luzon, the rest of CALABARZON, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Aklan, Capiz, and Antique Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms TD Amang Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rains
The rest of the country Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms TD Amang / Localized Thunderstorms Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms

Tropical Depression “Amang”

Issued at 05:00 pm, 12 April 2023 (Valid for broadcast until the next advisory to be issued at 8:00 PM today)

“AMANG” MADE LANDFALL AT LAGONOY, CAMARINES SUR

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AREAS

Heavy Rainfall Outlook

  • Forecast accumulated rainfall for the next 24 hours (from this afternoon to tomorrow afternoon)
  •   50-100 mm: Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Quezon
  • Forecast accumulated rainfall for the next 3 days (from this afternoon to Saturday afternoon)
  •   50-100 mm: CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and the southern portion of Aurora.
  • Under these conditions, isolated flashfloods and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps and in localities that experienced considerable amounts of rainfall for the past several days.

Severe Winds 

  • Areas under Wind Signal No. 1 may experience strong winds (strong breeze to near gale strength) associated with the tropical depression which may cause minimal to minor impacts to life and property.

HAZARDS AFFECTING COASTAL WATERS

  • In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas may be experienced over the eastern and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon (1.5 to 3.5 m) and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon (1.5 to 2.8 m). Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.

TRACK AND INTENSITY OUTLOOK

  •  “AMANG” is forecast to track generally northwestward in the next 12 hours and is expected to pass over the eastern localities in Camarines Sur, Lamon Bay, and Quezon (with the possibility of passing near or over Polillo Islands). Considering the weak and disorganized nature of this depression, considerable changes in the track forecast of succeeding bulletins are not ruled out.
  • The tropical depression is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area by tomorrow, possibly earlier, due to the combined effects of land interaction, dry air intrusion, and increasing vertical wind shear.

Department of Education (DepEd) Class and Work Suspension Guideline:

Here are the guidelines for cancellation or suspension of classes and work in public schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 where there are typhoons, heavy rains, and floods based on DepEd Order No. 37, s. 2022.

The Department of Education issues these Guidelines on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Schools in the event of Natural Disasters, Power Outages/Power Interruptions, and other calamities to further guide schools, their personnel, and learners, both within the public and private institutions.

Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd
Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd

1. Typhoon

In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in Local Government Units (LGUs) issued with Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) 1, 2, 3,4, or 5 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

If the TCWS is issued at a time when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools must keep students and personnel safe in school if traveling has become unsafe.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there are strong winds in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not due to a typhoon.

Automatic Class Cancellation during Heavy Rainfall
Automatic Class Cancellation during Heavy Rainfall

2. Heavy Rainfall

In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs issued with Yellow, Orange, and Red Rainfall Warnings by the PAGASA.

If the Warning is issued when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there are torrential rains in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not issued a Heavy Rainfall Alert by PAGASA.

Class Cancellation when theres Flood
Class Cancellation when there’s a Flood

3. Flood

In-person and online classes in all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs issued with a Flood Warning by the PAGASA.

If the Flood Warning is issued at a time when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home, if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there is flooding in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not issued a Flood Warning by PAGASA.

Class Suspension / Earthquake
Class Suspension / Earthquake

4. Earthquakes

In-person and online classes in all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs where the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) declares an earthquake with PHILVOCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) V or above.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where the PEIS is IV and below.

School Principals can cancel classes at any Intensity Scale if in their assessment, building and other structures are seen to be in danger of collapsing or is found to have major damage.

The School Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Team Head should clear the return of students and personnel in buildings and other structures.

Class Suspension during Power Outages
Class Suspension during Power Outages

5. Power Outages/ Power Interruptions/ Brownouts

There will be no automatic cancellation or suspension of classes if there are power outages/power interruptions/brownouts in schools. If power outages/power interruptions and brownouts have resulted in a poor learning environment, school officials can cancel or suspend classes at their discretion.

6. Adjustments to Learning Delivery Due to Suspensions/Cancellations of Classes

If canceled or suspended classes occur, distance learning or make-up classes shall be implemented to ensure that learning competencies and objectives are still met.

In adherence to the provision of DepEd Order No. 14, s. 2021, learners who miss learning activities due to class suspensions brought about by various disruptions like disasters and/or emergencies due to natural or human-induced hazards shall be accorded due consideration in the completion of their learning tasks.

7. Maintenance of Workforce and Activation of DRRM Teams

Teaching school personnel, including ALS teachers, and non-teaching school personnel in schools, Division Offices, Regional Offices, and the Central Office, shall not be required to report to work, except those who are mandated to render security, safety, finance, engineering, sanitation, health, and disaster response duties.

Schools, on the other hand, must always be ready to implement remote work with measured output.

Central, Regional, and Schools Division Offices and schools shall activate their DRRM Teams to prepare, monitor, and respond to the situation. DRRM Team members, particularly DRRM Coordinators and Engineers, shall be required to report to work in the aftermath of the disaster to continue undertaking response, early recovery, and reporting based on established DRRM protocols (e.g., an inspection of school facilities to vet damages as reported by School DRRM Coordinators, detailed assessment of damaged facilities for purposes of developing the Program of Works for infrastructure costing in rehabilitation and recovery plans,  and participation in coordination meetings with LDRRMCs). Other DRRM Team members may likewise be required to report to work as needed.

Officials of private schools shall exercise discretion relative to the work arrangement of their DRRM personnel.

8. Use of schools as Evacuation Center or COVID-19 Quarantine and/or Isolation Facility/Vaccination Center

Schools shall not be used as quarantine and/ or isolation facilities or vaccination centers. The authority given to Regional Directors in allowing schools to be designated as quarantine and/or isolation facilities/ vaccination centers under Office Memorandum OM-Osec-2020-004 (Guidance to Regional Directors for Action Requests by Local Government Units to Use DepEd Schools and Engage DepEd Personnel in Activities Related to COVID-19), is hereby lifted. Office Memorandum OM-OSEC- 2021-03-003 (Use of DepEd Classrooms and Other Facilities as Vaccination Centers) is likewise hereby repealed.

In other disasters, schools may be used as an immediate evacuation site that should not last more than fifteen days. LGUs should not use schools as long-term shelters for evacuees.

9. Conduct of Psychological First Aid

As the maintenance of a conducive learning environment requires addressing the immediate needs of affected learners and personnel in the aftermath of disasters, all Schools Division Offices, with the support of Regional Offices, shall assess Mental Health and Psychosocial Support needs and services and lead the conduct of Psychological First Aid (PFA). This shall include the mobilization of trained PFA providers and partners and if needed, referral pathways for learners and personnel identified for further specialized psychological support services. Required health standards shall always be applied.

10. Responsibility of Parents or Guardians

The DepEd still maintains that parents or guardians are responsible for determining whether their children should attend classes considering their physical and/or mental health during disasters and calamities. This applies even if no order for cancellation or suspension of classes has been issued.

However, it is also the responsibility of the parents or guardians to ensure that their child can catch up with the needed competencies that the learners should master.

For more information, read DO 37, s. 2022: https://bit.ly/DO37S2022

*Suspension of classes for the tertiary level (colleges and universities) will be at the discretion of school management.

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Philippine Weather Updates: Some Classes on Thursday, April 13, 2023, have been canceled due to inclement weather and the effects of typhoon Amang.

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