Thursday, July 16, 2009
Pre-school, elementary classes in metro suspended
MANILA - Education Secretary Jesli Lapus on Thursday suspended afternoon classes in pre-school and elementary levels in Metro Manila due to tropical storm Isang. Lapus said the suspension of classes at the pre-school and grade school levels was based on the recommendation of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). He said the education department has advised all schools to bring home children attending morning classes. He said afternoon classes have also been suspended in Metro Manila. City of Manila education official Dr. Ponciano Menguito, meanwhile, announced that elementary and high school classes in Manila public schools have also been suspended because of the storm. As of 11 a.m., PAGASA said Tropical Storm "Isang" was located 240 kilometers east of Casiguran town in Aurora province. It was packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 90 kph. It was moving west northwest at 17 kilometers per hour. PAGASA hoisted storm signal No. 2 over Isabela, Southern Cagayan and towns in the northern part of Aurora. Storm signal No. 1 was hoisted over Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Mt.Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos provinces, Babuyan Islands, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, the rest of Aurora and the rest of Cagayan. The weather bureau said "Isang" could be at 60 kilometers west of Tuguegarao City by Friday morning.