#WalangPasok: Work, Class Suspensions for Thursday, January 16, 2020

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Walang Pasok: Work and Class cancellations for January 16, 2020 (Thursday)

(Manila, Philippines) – Several Schools, Colleges and Universities in Metro Manila and CALABARZON announced class suspension due to heavy ashfall caused by Volcanic Eruption of Taal Volcano. Here is a list of schools and areas where classes have been suspended for Thursday, January 16, due to the Taal Volcano eruption.

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

Some local government units of affected areas in Batangas, Laguna, and Cavite continued to suspend classes to prioritize the safety of students.

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Eruption of Taal Volcano photo via Reddit
The eruption of Taal Volcano photo via Reddit
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(As of 9:01am, January 15, 2020) Here’s an updated list of schools that canceled classes/work on Jan 16:

CALABARZON

  • Cavite Province – all levels, public and private
  • Batangas Province – all levels, public and private
  • Bay Laguna – all levels, public and private
  • Cabuyao Laguna – all levels, public and private
  • Calamba City – all levels, public and private
  • Biñan City – all levels, public and private, until Saturday, January 18
  • Los Baños Laguna – all levels, public and private
  • San Pedro Laguna – all levels, public and private
  • Santa Rosa City – all levels, public and private

Schools, Colleges, and Universities

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Taal Volcano Bulletin for January 16, 2020

  • At 6:17 and 6:21 AM today, Taal Volcano erupted short-lived dark gray ash plumes 500 meters and 800 meters high, respectively, that dispersed ash southwest to the west of the Main Crater.
  • Activity in the past 24 hours has generally waned to weak emission of steam-laden plumes 700 meters high that dispersed ash to the southwest.
  • The Philippine Seismic Network plotted a total of five hundred sixty-six (566) volcanic earthquakes since 1:00 PM, January 12, 2020. One hundred seventy-two (172) of these registered at magnitudes M1.2 – M4.1 and were felt at Intensities I – V. Since 5:00 AM on January 15, 2020, until 5:00 AM today, there were one-hundred three (103) volcanic earthquakes plotted, fourteen (14) of these registered at magnitudes M1.4 -M4.0 and were felt at Intensities I – III. Such intense seismic activity likely signifies continuous magmatic intrusion beneath the Taal edifice, which may lead to further eruptive activity.
  • Sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission was measured at an average of 4186 tonnes/day on 15 January 2020.

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
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Cancellation of Classes from DEPED
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DepEd Advisory on Class Suspensions
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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 16, 2020, have been canceled in some areas due to the eruption of Taal Volcano.

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