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Classes suspended in Mandaluyong, Manila public schools

November 15, 2007 10:56am

(Updated 11:32 a.m.) Heavy rains and flooding have prompted the city governments of Mandaluyong and Manila to suspend classes Thursday in all of its public schools at the elementary and secondary levels.

Radio dzBB reported that Mandaluyong Mayor Benjamin "Benhur" Abalos Jr ordered the suspension of classes starting Thursday noon.

The radio report added that Abalos's order does not cover private schools and the morning session of classes in public schools. Private school administrators have the discretion of declaring whether or not to send pupils home.

There are 16 elementary and five high schools in the Mandaluyong public school sector, the city's website read.

In Manila, city administrator Jesus Marzan said the suspension order took effect 10:30 a.m.

He added that free transport services will be extended by the Manila city government to stranded commuters.

Public transport trucks will be deployed after lunch and will pick up commuters in major loading areas in the city such as Quiapo and Lawton.

Radio dzBB said Teresita Domalanta, Department of Education (DepEd) director for Metro Manila, has yet to release a statement about the suspension of classes. - GMANews.TV
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