#WalangPasok: Work, Class Suspensions for Friday, January 17, 2020

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#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for January 2020

Walang Pasok: Work and Class cancellations for January 17, 2020 (Friday)

(Manila, Philippines) – Several Schools, Colleges and Universities in Metro Manila and CALABARZON announced class suspension due to the effects of Taal Volcano Eruption. Here is a list of schools and areas where classes have been suspended for Friday,  January 17, due to the Taal Volcano eruption.

#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for January 2020
#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for January 2020

Walang Pasok Updates: Enero 17, 2020 Biyernes

Eruption of Taal Volcano photo via Reddit
The eruption of Taal Volcano photo via Reddit

(As of 7:01am, January 16, 2020) Here’s an updated list of schools that canceled classes/work on Jan 17:


  • Batangas Province – all levels, public and private
  • Cavite Province – all levels, public and private
  • Calamba, Laguna – all levels, public and private

Schools, Colleges, and Universities

  • Malayan Colleges Laguna until January 18, 2010

Taal Volcano Eruption Update Alert Level 4 (Hazardous Eruption Imminent) As of 5:00pm January 16, 2020

  • Taal Volcano’s activity in the last eight (8) hours has been generally characterized by weak emission of steam-laden plumes 800 meters high from the Main Crater that drifted to the general southwest. A total of nine (9) discrete weak explosions were recorded by the Taal Volcano Network.
  • No additional fissures were mapped and reported. Existing ones are in the identified barangays of Lemery, Agoncillo, Talisay, and San Nicolas in Batangas Province as indicated on January 15, 2020, 5:00 PM update. Receding of Taal Lake water has been observed in Talisay, Laurel, Alitagtag, and Lemery in Batangas Province.
  • The Philippine Seismic Network plotted a total of five hundred ninety-five (595) volcanic earthquakes since 1:00 PM, January 12, 2020. One hundred seventy-six (176) of these were felt with intensities ranging from Intensity I to V. Since 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM today, there were thirty (30) volcanic earthquakes plotted, including one (1) earthquake which was felt at Intensity I. This signifies continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity.

Alert Level 4 still remains in effect over Taal Volcano. This means that hazardous explosive eruption is possible within hours to days. DOST-PHIVOLCS strongly reiterates total evacuation of Taal Volcano Island and high-risk areas as identified in the hazard maps within the 14-km radius from Taal Main Crater and along the Pansipit River Valley where fissuring has been observed. Residents around Taal Volcano are advised to guard against the effects of heavy and prolonged ashfall. Civil aviation authorities must advise pilots to avoid the airspace around Taal Volcano as airborne ash and ballistic fragments from the eruption column pose hazards to aircraft. DOST-PHIVOLCS is continually monitoring the eruption and will update all stakeholders of further developments.


Department of Education (DepEd) Class Suspension Guideline:

  • DepEd Calls on parents to determine whether their children should go to school during typhoons, floods and other calamities in the absence of official announcements from DepEd.
  • In the absence of storm signal warnings, LGU are expected to announce whole day class cancellations not later than 4:30AM or half-day class suspensions not later than 11:00AM.
  • Storm signal warning declared by PAGASA between 10:00pm and 4:30AM reflect the whole day cancellation of classes in appropriate levels in the affected areas.
  • Storm signal warnings declared by PAGASA by 11:00AM automatically suspend the same day’s afternoon classes in appropriate levels in the affected areas.

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

Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur
Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd
Cancellation of Classes from DEPED
Cancellation of Classes from DEPED
DepEd Automatic Class Suspensions and Cancellations
DepEd Automatic Class Suspensions and Cancellations
DepEd Advisory on Class Suspensions
DepEd Advisory on Class Suspensions
DepEd Class Cancellations - PAGASA
DepEd Class Cancellations – PAGASA

Flight Cancellations in the Philippines

(We are still waiting for flight updates from Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and AirAsia Philippines.)

Weather Updates: Some Classes for January 17, 2020, have been canceled in some areas due to the eruption of Taal Volcano.

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