#WalangPasok: Class Suspensions For October 27, 2022, Thursday

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#WalangPasok: Updated List of Work and Class cancellations for October 27, 2022 (Thursday)

Manila, Philippines – Several Local Government Units and Schools in the Philippines have suspended classes, and government work on Thursday, October 27, 2022, due to Bagyong Paeng or Tropical Depression Paeng.

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#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for October 2022

Meanwhile, classes at all levels in public and private schools were suspended in the Province of Abra on October 27, 2022, according to the Philippine News Agency.

The provincial government suspended the classes to further inspect buildings after a series of earthquakes in the province. Recently, the province experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, which was also felt in the nearby provinces.

Walang Pasok Updates: Oktubre 27, Huwebes

(As of 2:01am, October 27, 2022) Here’s an updated list of towns, cities, and schools that canceled classes/work on Thursday:

Region 1 – Ilocos Norte

  • Currimao National High School (source)

Region 4-B – MIMAROPA

  • San Andres, Romblon – All levels (Public and Private Schools)

Region 5 – Bicol Region

  • Camarines Norte Province – All levels (Public and Private Schools) (source)
  • Vinzons, Camarines Norte – All levels
  • Talisay, Camarines Norte – All levels (Public Schools) (source)
  • Mercedes, Camarines Norte – All levels (Public and Private)
  • Naga City, Camarines Sur – Pre-school to Senior High School (Public and Private)
  • Sipocot, Camarines Sur – All levels (Public and Private)

Region 6 – Western Visayas

  • Bacolod City – all levels (public and private)
  • La Carlota City – all levels (public and private)
  • Murcia, Negros Occidental – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
  • Toboso, Negros Occidental – all levels (public and private)
  • Jamindan, Capiz – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
  • Roxas City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)

Region 7 – Central Visayas

  • Mandaue City – All levels (Public and Private) (source)
  • Consolacion, Cebu – All levels (Public and Private)
  • Talisay City, Cebu – preschool to senior high school (public)
  • Liloan, Cebu – All levels (Public and Private)
  • San Fernando, Cebu – – All levels (Public and Private)
  • Argao, Cebu – all levels (public and private)
  • Asturias, Cebu – all levels (public and private)
  • Compostela, Cebu – all levels (public and private)
  • Minglanilla, Cebu – all levels (public and private)
  • Pinamungajan, Cebu – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
  • Tuburan, Cebu – all levels (public and private)
  • Manjuyod, Negros Oriental – All levels (Public and Private)
  • Guihulngan, Negros Oriental – All levels (Public and Private)
  • Amlan, Negros Oriental – all levels (public and private)
  • Ayungon, Negros Oriental – all levels (public and private)
  • Bindoy, Negros Oriental – all levels (public and private)
  • Dauin, Negros Oriental – all levels (public and private)
  • Jimalalud, Negros Oriental – preschool to senior high school (public and private)

Region 8 – Eastern Visayas

  • Palapag, Northern Samar – preschool to senior high school (public and private), until Friday, October 28

Tropical Depression “Paeng” Updates Issued at 05:00 pm, 26 October 2022

(Valid for broadcast until the next advisory to be issued at 11:00 PM today)

The center of Tropical Depression “PAENG” was estimated based on all available data at 945 km East of Eastern Visayas (12.4 °N, 133.3 °E )

TROPICAL DEPRESSION “MAYMAY” CONTINUES TO SLOWLY MOVE SOUTHWESTWARD OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA

“PAENG” MAINTAINS ITS STRENGTH WHILE MOVING WESTWARD OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AREAS

Heavy Rainfall

  • Friday early morning through Saturday early morning: Heavy to intense rains are possible over Bicol Region. Moderate to heavy with intense rains over Eastern Visayas, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Quezon, Aurora, Isabela, and Cagayan. Light to moderate with heavy rains is possible over Rizal, Laguna, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the rest of Visayas and Cagayan Valley.
  • Saturday early morning through Sunday afternoon: Heavy to intense with at times, torrential rains possible over the Bicol Region, Cagayan Valley, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, the northern portion of Zambales, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan. Moderate to heavy with at times, intense rains possible over Ilocos Norte, Metro Manila, Batangas, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region and Central Luzon. Light to moderate with heavy rains over Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon.
  • Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas highly or very susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall.
  • Due to the Shear Line and the trough of “PAENG”, heavy rains are possible over Quezon, Bicol Region, Visayas, and the northern and western portions of Mindanao. For more information, refer to the 24-Hour Public Weather Forecast issued at 4:00 PM today and Weather Advisory #3 issued at 11:00 AM today.

Severe Winds

  • Based on the latest forecast scenario, tomorrow morning, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal may be hoisted for some Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region areas.
  • Per the latest track and intensity forecast, the most likely highest wind signal hoisted is Wind Signal No. 4.
  • The surge of the Northeast Monsoon will bring strong to gale-force winds over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northern portions of mainland Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte in the next 24 hours.

HAZARDS AFFECTING COASTAL WATERS

  • Under the influence of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon, a marine gale warning is in effect over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon. For more information, refer to Gale Warning #7 issued at 5:00 PM today.
  • In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and the approaching tropical cyclone may also bring moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 3.5 m) over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao. These conditions may be risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.

TRACK AND INTENSITY OUTLOOK

  • Tropical Depression PAENG is forecast to track generally westward until tomorrow afternoon before turning west-northwestward for the remainder of tomorrow through Saturday afternoon while moving towards Northern Luzon. On the forecast track, this tropical cyclone is forecast to maintain this heading until it makes landfall on the eastern coast of Isabela or Cagayan.
  • PAENG is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm tomorrow. Further intensification is likely while moving over the Philippine Sea and may reach the typhoon category before its landfall.

Forecast Weather Conditions Issued at 4:00 PM, 26 October 2022

PlaceWeather ConditionCaused ByImpacts
MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Quezon, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-TawiCloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstormsShear LinePossible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times, heavy rains
Metro Manila and the rest of LuzonPartly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rainsNortheast MonsoonNo Significant Impact
The rest of MindanaoPartly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstormsLocalized ThunderstormPossible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms

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 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 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 Warning 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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