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Floods swamp Metro Manila; All classes in NCR suspended

August 15, 2007 9:10am

(Updated 9:40 a.m.) Following the huge downpour that flooded the metropolis, education officials in Metro Manila suspended Wednesday morning classes in all private and public schools at the elementary, high school and college levels.

Teresita Domalanta, Department of Education (DepEd) director for Metro Manila, said the suspension was due to the heavy rains and flash floods that hit several parts of the metropolis.

"Suspended ang classes effective immediately today, pre-elementary, elementary and secondary, public and private (Classes are suspended immediately at the pre-elementary, elementary and secondary schools, public and private)," she said in an interview on dzBB radio at 9:08 a.m.

About 30 minutes later, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) announced that it has also ordered a suspension of classes at the tertiary level.

Amelia Biglete, CHED director for Metro Manila, told dzBB radio in an interview that, "suspended na ang classes sa collegiate level sa NCR (Classes are also suspended at the collegiate level in the National Capital Region (NCR)."

She said in Filipino that the suspension was necessary because "the situation seems to be getting worse ... the rains are getting stronger."

She added that students already in their universities were free to go home.

However, outgoing CHED Chair Carlito Puno said just minutes earlier that the CHED will leave it to the heads of colleges and universities to decide whether to suspend classes.

"I'm leaving the discretion to heads of colleges and universities whether to suspend classes or not," CHED Chair Carlito Puno said in a separate interview.

Puno was due to relinquish his post to socio-economic planning secretary Romulo Neri later Wednesday. - GMANews.TV
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