Sunday, September 27, 2009

Classes Suspended in All Levels in Metro Manila and Selected Areas of Calabarzon, September 28, 2009 UPDATED

27 September 2009 10:42am

I just watched and heard CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles announcing the suspension of classes for tomorrow, Monday, September 28, 2009, at the college level in a telephone interview with Mariz Umali of GMA News.  

Yesterday, at the height of the most powerful torrent of rain delivered by a Philippine tropical storm in history, Chairman Angeles fumbled majestically when he entrusted the responsibility of suspending classes to school administrators. I don't think I heard from DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus yesterday; he seemed to have forgotten about the high school students who hold their CAT classes on Saturdays.  Hindi ba't pinasu-sweldo naman ng taxpayers' money ang mga ito?!

Anyway, I believe that with Chairman Angeles' announcement, it is safe to make a general announcement:

Classes suspended/no classes at all levels (preschool, elementary, high school, college) on Monday, September 28, 2009 in Metro-Manila (NCR) and in selected areas of Calabarzon (Region IV-A).  

Region IV-A or Calabarzon is composed of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon and Lucena City.  

Map of Calabarzon (Region IV-A)

When asked by Mariz Umali to specify which areas of Calabarzon are included in the order of class suspension, Chairman Angeles could not provide an answer and said simply that it still needs to be coordinated with school administrators in the area.  It's a pathetic answer; he could simply have ordered the entire Calabarzon area to be covered by the suspension so that students and their parents are not left guessing.

I think the order of suspension is also inadequate because it does not address the area of Region III or Central Luzon which was right in the path of tropical storm Ondoy.  Central Luzon includes the provinces of Aurora, Bataan,, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales (as well as Angeles City and Olongapo City). 

Map of Central Luzon (Region III)

Bakit ba ganito itong mga education officials ng Pilipinas?  Parang hindi marunong ng geography at mukhang ang tingin sa ating mga mag-aaral ay mga imortal.  Hello?!  Ang mga bata po ay sinisipon din, nilalagnat at kapag inabutan ng baha, pwedeng mameligrong malunod. Maawa naman kayo!  Kadalasan ay pagpapahintulot na lang sa pagtataas ng tuition fee ng mga private schools ang inaatupag ninyo!  At saka po yung tulong na hiningi ko sa tanggapan ni DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus na pagsu-suspend sa field trip nagkakahalaga ng P1,345 per student papuntang Villa Escudero sa Tiaong, Quezon, hanggang ngayon po ay walang aksyon ang kanyang tanggapan!  Sumulat po ako sa tanggapan niya noong September 1, 2009, tapos na yung field trip hanggang ngayon wala po akong alam na ginawa niya mismo upang ipagtanggol ang mismong order ng DepEd.

27 September 2009 2:24pm

This is the GMA News flash report by Mariz Umali that I saw several hours ago wherein CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles announced the suspension of classes at the college level.  

Since that time, Defense Secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro in his capacity as Chair  of NDCC has declared the suspension of classes in all levels tomorrow, Monday, September 28, 2009 in Metro Manila and Rizal.  GMA News quotes Secretary Teodoro:
NDCC chair Gilberto Teodoro Jr. suspended classes after tropical storm 'Ondoy' still left parts of Metro Manila and Rizal impassable to vehicles.

"Para hindi na malito ang mga tao, on my discretion minamabuti ko na na suspindihin ang klase on all levels sa Metro Manila isama na natin ang lalawigan ng Rizal (So as not to confuse the public, it was in my discretion to suspend classes on all levels in Metro Manila, including the province of Rizal)," Teodoro said.
Sana po ay mag-resign na sina DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus at CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles. 

28 September 2009 12:22am

I personally believe that classes should have been ordered suspended by the DepEd and the CHED in many more areas but this is how the class suspension order stands as of this hour:

No classes in all levels in Metro Manila, Rizal, Batangas and Laguna on Monday, September 28

So that we don't get confused, I suggest we take the suspensions one day at a time.  

But if you want to read on, this article by the Inquirer, No classes in Metro, Southern Tagalog areas, does make the assertion that there's no classes in all levels up to Tuesday, September 29.  However, I don't recall hearing CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles say that he's ordering the suspension of colleges classes up to Tuesday.  Anyway, I might have missed something.  If I did, please let me know.  

28 September 2009 1:28am

Based on the news items that they're flashing at DZMM Teleradyo at this moment, we add Cavite to the list of provinces where there will be no classes on Monday, September 28. This is how the class suspension order stands as of this time:

No classes in all levels in Metro Manila, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna and Cavite on Monday, September 28, 2009.

28 September 2009 8:40am

Based on the reports below by GMA News from Connie Sison and Mariz Umali, we add the province of Bulacan to the list of provinces where there are no classes on Monday, September 28. This is how the class suspension order stands as of this time:

No classes in all levels in Metro Manila, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite and Bulacan on Monday, September 28, 2009.

For tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29, 2009, the class suspension advisory is:

No classes in preschool, elementary and high school in Metro Manila and Rizal on Tuesday, September 29, 2009.

No classes in St. Scholastica's College, September 29, 2009

No classes in La Concordia College, September 29 to October 2, 2009  

This is the flash report by Connie Sison:

And this is the report by Mariz Umali.



  1. This is not a reliable source for every person or student in Metro Manila or Calabarzon. Although, there are a lot of sites and pages that has announced that there are no classes tomorrow such as http://maypasokba.com .

    But I really hope for no classes tomorrow for safety to us students.

  2. Thank you po for your comment but I stand by what I have posted based on what I saw and heard at GMA News between Mariz Umali and CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles at around 10:42 this morning. You cannot have suspension of classes in college without suspending classes in the preschool, elementary and high school levels. Not to do so would be absurd; it really follows automatically. And we don't need an absentee DepEd Secretary like Jesli Lapus for us to figure that out.

  3. maypasokba.com is also not reliable because umaasa lang sila sa galing sa ibang tao rin.

    anyway, aside from that, kumusta na po ba ang petition for the monument mr rolly ocampo?

  4. Thank you for asking about the Monumento. The answer is not very simple and I'll attempt to state it here but if my answer falls short i'll try to write a more detailed one as soon as I can. For now, this is it:

    With respect to the petition to have the Bonifacio Monument included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage cultural sites, I should be forwarding it to the UNESCO this coming week.

    I have nominated the Monumento for inclusion among the 100 Most Endangered Monuments in the World several months ago. This is a listing maintained and monitored by the World Monuments Fund based in the United States. My nomination was endorsed by Prof. Ding Reyes of kamalaysayan.

    Recently, these efforts by ordinary Filipinos has gained the attention and recognition of a group of government and private culture and heritage advocates assembled in a public forum hosted by the National Historical Institute last September 18, 2009.

    Earlier, on August 13, 2009, I represented the citizens of Caloocan City in an ocular inspection of the Monumento headed by Engr. Ed Santos of the DPWH. The inspection was joined by two inspectors of the City Building Engineer's Office and by several representatives of the billboard advertisers. The clear understanding was made that the City Government of Caloocan will issue a dismantling order on the billboards around the Monumento and the same would be implemented by the DPWH following due process and a grace period to be given to the advertisers.

    Up to the time of the September 18 public forum at the NHI where I pressed the assembly to have the dismantling agreement implemented and up to now, nothing has happened. But if the citizens of this country will unite, I am sure the dismantling of the billboards around the Monumento will happen.

    My call, reiterating a longstanding position to suspend construction of the LRT extension at the Monumento to give way to a transparent national dialogue that will uphold our country's honor, was also carried several days ago by the Inquirer online through an article written by Ms. Beverly Natividad.

    This call, I believe, reflects the sentiment of many Filipinos including my colleagues from people's organizations in Caloocan City as well as Architects Palafox, Torralba and Ubina, who attended the NHI public forum and were appalled at the uglification that the LRT extension and the billboards have brought to the Monumento. I have characterized what is happening at the Monumento as nothing short of a cultural holocaust.

    I sought the help of many people regarding the matter of the Monumento and the assistance of two of our senators namely, Senator Mar Roxas and Senator Loren Legarda (who wrote the letter to NHI Chairman Ambeth Ocampo, among others), has been instrumental in forcing attention by our government to the Monumento issue.

    The task ahead is formidable but I see this not only as a matter of upholding our nation's honor but also one that tests our faith as a people as we try to stall the seemingly impossible in order to protect the soul of our nation, the Monumento, the greatest monument to valor and to love of freedom on earth.

    I hope that answers your question for now and I really appreciate your interest at what's happening in Monumento.

  5. Bulacan ba, wlang psok ?

  6. Sa tingin ko po, kung liliripin natin ang kahulugan ng pagdedeklara kahapon ng state of calamity sa 25 provinces at kasama po diyan ang Bulacan, dapat po ay kakambal nito ang suspensyon ng klase. Sana po ay maisip ito ng ating mga awtoridad tulad ng DepEd, CHED, NDCC at mismo po ni Pangulong Arroyo.

    Ano po ang inyong pwedeng gawin kung gusto n'yong imungkahi na isuspinde ang klase sa inyong lugar? Tawagan po ang inyong Mayor o Governor. Hindi ko lang po alam kung may sapat na oras pa para diyan. I hope we'll have some news about that well before the opening of classes tomorrow in your area.

  7. ang blurry nmn ng ginamit sa inquirer, UNTIL tuesday! so may pasok na sa tuesday! diba ganun ang UNTIL? bakit ang maypakba, yung ang ginamit na referrence, tapos sa site nila sinabi na walang pasok sa tuesday! anu ba yan! hays! dapat kasi sa announcement, ang ginamit will resume on! badtrip!

  8. Medyo nakakalito talaga. Ang masama dun, sabi pa ni Chairman Angeles ng CHED wala silang pasok today, Monday, dahil marami raw sa mga staff ng CHED ang apektado. Naiintindihan po namin ito. Pero unacceptable po na isara ang CHED. Dapat bukas ang CHED ngayon, kahit sana skeletal workforce ay nagpapasok sila para tumanggap ng mga clarificatory questions, mag-isyu ng mas malinaw na deklarasyon, makipag-coordinate sa media at gawin ang kanilang trabaho.

    Nanawagan po si Chairman Angeles kahapon na i-mobilize ng mga colleges ang mga estudyante upang tumulong sa mga Ondoy victims pero sila sa CHED hindi magtra-trabaho?! Ugh!

    Dapat rin po ay may coordination ang mga tanggapan ng ating pamahalaan. Habang nagluluksa ang sambayanan, ang ilang taong gobyerno, sarili pa rin ang unang iniintindi.

    Ulitin po natin ang panawagang mag-resign na sina DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus and CHED Chairman Emmanuel Angeles.

    In any event, kapag absent ang gobyerno, the citizens have no choice but to make the decisions for themselves. If you believe that it is unsafe outside your homes, please don't go out. Mas mahalaga ang buhay natin kaysa sa isang araw na mag-absent ka sa school. Isa lang ang buhay natin, maraming araw na pasok sa eskuwela.

    Anyway, I'll try to get through to NDCC to seek the answer to your concern. Thank you for bringing up this matter.

  9. My pasok po ba sa bulacan ngayon? specifically sa Calumpit po?

  10. Wala pong pasok all levels sa buong Bulacan ngayon, September 30, 2009 hanggang Sabado, October 3, 2009.

  11. may pasok po ba sa san pedro laguna bukas, Oct. 1?

  12. Kung ikaw po ay college student, siguradong walang pasok sa San Pedro, Laguna bukas, Oct. 1, dahil sinuspinde ng CHED ang pasok sa buong Laguna hanggang Sabado, Oct. 3.

    Kung ikaw naman po ay preschool, elementary o high school student, wala ka din dapat pasok sa San Pedro, Laguna kasi walang pasok ang mga Laguna college students na mas malalaki at mas may edad kaysa sa iyo. Pagtatawanan tayo ng buong mundo kapag ganyan ang nangyari. Para tayong mga baliw! Yung mga batang paslit pumapasok tapos yung mga college students nasa bahay, walang pasok! Imposible!

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