#WalangPasok: Updated List of Work and Class cancellations for April 12, 2023 (Wednesday)
Manila, Philippines – Several Local Government Units and Schools in the Philippines suspended classes and government work on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, due to Tropical Depression Amang.
Walang Pasok Updates: Abril 12, 2023, Miyerkules
(As of 10:18pm, April 11, 2023) Here’s an updated list of towns, cities, and schools that canceled classes/work On Wednesday:
- Camarines Sur — All levels (Public and private)
- Naga City – preschool to senior high school (public and private) (source)
- Laguna Province
- Liliw – all levels (public and private)
- Mabitac – all levels (public and private)
- Pagsanjan – all levels (public and private)
- Pangil – all levels (public and private)
- Santa Cruz – all levels (public and private)
- Santa Maria – all levels (public and private)
- Quezon Province
- Calauag – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- General Luna – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Gumaca – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Infanta – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Jomalig – all levels (public and private)
- Lopez – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Lucena City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Mulanay – all levels (public and private)
- Tagkawayan – all levels (public and private)
- Angono – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Taytay – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Dingalan – all levels (public and private)
- San Ildefonso – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Norzagaray – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- San Rafael – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Nueva Ecija
- San Jose City – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
- Talavera – preschool to senior high school (public and private)
Forecast Weather Conditions Issued at 4:00 PM, 11 April 2023
SYNOPSIS: At 3:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Depression “Amang” was estimated based on all available data at 135 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 260 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.0°N, 125.4°E), with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving Westward at 30 km/h.
Forecast Weather Conditions
|Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, and Samar Provinces
|Rains with gusty winds
|Possible flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy with at times intense rains. Minimal to minor threat to lives and properties due to strong winds
|Romblon and the rest of Visayas
|Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms
|Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate with at times heavy rains
|Metro Manila and the rest of the country
|Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms
|Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms
Tropical Depression “Amang”
Issued at 05:00 pm, 11 April 2023 (Valid for broadcast until the next advisory to be issued at 11:00 PM tomorrow)
“AMANG” MAINTAINS ITS STRENGTH AND CONTINUES TO MOVE WESTWARD TOWARDS THE NORTHERN COAST OF CATANDUANES
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AREAS
Heavy Rainfall Outlook
- Forecast accumulated rainfall from this afternoon until tonight
- Heavy rains (50-100 mm): Bicol Region and Northern Samar
- Forecast accumulated rainfall from this afternoon until Thursday evening
- Intense rains (100-200 mm): Northern portion of Quezon and the eastern portion of Laguna
- Heavy rains (50-100 mm): Rizal, the southern portion of Aurora, the rest of Laguna, and Quezon
- Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in localities that experienced considerable amounts of rainfall for the past several days.
- Areas under Wind Signal No. 1 may experience strong winds (strong breeze to near gale strength) associated with Tropical Depression “AMANG” which may pose minimal to minor threat to life and property.
- Wind Signal No. 1 may be hoisted in other localities in Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley in succeeding bulletins.
HAZARDS AFFECTING COASTAL WATERS
- Under the influence of the Tropical Depression, a marine gale warning is in effect over Catanduanes, the eastern coasts of Albay and Sorsogon, and the northern and eastern coasts of Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. For more information, refer to Gale Warning #2 issued at 5:00 PM today.
- In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) over the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Eastern Visayas that are not under any gale warning. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.
TRACK AND INTENSITY OUTLOOK
- For the next 24 hours, “AMANG” is forecast to track generally westward or west northwestward towards Bicol Region today before turning west northwestward or northwestward for the remainder of the forecast period. While the current track forecast shows that the tropical depression will remain offshore over the waters east of Luzon for the next 3 days, the forecast confidence cone shows that a landfall scenario over the Bicol Peninsula area is not ruled out (may pass over or very close near Catanduanes), especially for the next 9 hours.
- Throughout the forecast period, “AMANG” is forecast to remain as a tropical depression, with the possibility of weakening into a low-pressure area by late Thursday or early Friday.
Department of Education (DepEd) Class and Work Suspension Guideline:
Here are the guidelines for cancellation or suspension of classes and work in public schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 where there are typhoons, heavy rains, and floods based on DepEd Order No. 37, s. 2022.
The Department of Education issues these Guidelines on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Schools in the event of Natural Disasters, Power Outages/Power Interruptions, and other calamities to further guide schools, their personnel, and learners, both within the public and private institutions.
In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in Local Government Units (LGUs) issued with Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) 1, 2, 3,4, or 5 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
If the TCWS is issued at a time when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.
Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there are strong winds in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not due to a typhoon.
2. Heavy Rainfall
In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs issued with Yellow, Orange, and Red Rainfall Warnings by the PAGASA.
If the Warning is issued when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.
Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there are torrential rains in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not issued a Heavy Rainfall Alert by PAGASA.
In-person and online classes in all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs issued with a Flood Warning by the PAGASA.
If the Flood Warning is issued at a time when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home, if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.
Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there is flooding in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not issued a Flood Warning by PAGASA.
In-person and online classes in all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs where the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) declares an earthquake with PHILVOCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) V or above.
Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where the PEIS is IV and below.
School Principals can cancel classes at any Intensity Scale if in their assessment, building and other structures are seen to be in danger of collapsing or is found to have major damage.
The School Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Team Head should clear the return of students and personnel in buildings and other structures.
5. Power Outages/ Power Interruptions/ Brownouts
There will be no automatic cancellation or suspension of classes if there are power outages/power interruptions/brownouts in schools. If power outages/power interruptions and brownouts have resulted in a poor learning environment, school officials can cancel or suspend classes at their discretion.
6. Adjustments to Learning Delivery Due to Suspensions/Cancellations of Classes
If canceled or suspended classes occur, distance learning or make-up classes shall be implemented to ensure that learning competencies and objectives are still met.
In adherence to the provision of DepEd Order No. 14, s. 2021, learners who miss learning activities due to class suspensions brought about by various disruptions like disasters and/or emergencies due to natural or human-induced hazards shall be accorded due consideration in the completion of their learning tasks.
7. Maintenance of Workforce and Activation of DRRM Teams
Teaching school personnel, including ALS teachers, and non-teaching school personnel in schools, Division Offices, Regional Offices, and the Central Office, shall not be required to report to work, except those who are mandated to render security, safety, finance, engineering, sanitation, health, and disaster response duties.
Schools, on the other hand, must always be ready to implement remote work with measured output.
Central, Regional, and Schools Division Offices and schools shall activate their DRRM Teams to prepare, monitor, and respond to the situation. DRRM Team members, particularly DRRM Coordinators and Engineers, shall be required to report to work in the aftermath of the disaster to continue undertaking response, early recovery, and reporting based on established DRRM protocols (e.g., an inspection of school facilities to vet damages as reported by School DRRM Coordinators, detailed assessment of damaged facilities for purposes of developing the Program of Works for infrastructure costing in rehabilitation and recovery plans, and participation in coordination meetings with LDRRMCs). Other DRRM Team members may likewise be required to report to work as needed.
Officials of private schools shall exercise discretion relative to the work arrangement of their DRRM personnel.
8. Use of schools as Evacuation Center or COVID-19 Quarantine and/or Isolation Facility/Vaccination Center
Schools shall not be used as quarantine and/ or isolation facilities or vaccination centers. The authority given to Regional Directors in allowing schools to be designated as quarantine and/or isolation facilities/ vaccination centers under Office Memorandum OM-Osec-2020-004 (Guidance to Regional Directors for Action Requests by Local Government Units to Use DepEd Schools and Engage DepEd Personnel in Activities Related to COVID-19), is hereby lifted. Office Memorandum OM-OSEC- 2021-03-003 (Use of DepEd Classrooms and Other Facilities as Vaccination Centers) is likewise hereby repealed.
In other disasters, schools may be used as an immediate evacuation site that should not last more than fifteen days. LGUs should not use schools as long-term shelters for evacuees.
9. Conduct of Psychological First Aid
As the maintenance of a conducive learning environment requires addressing the immediate needs of affected learners and personnel in the aftermath of disasters, all Schools Division Offices, with the support of Regional Offices, shall assess Mental Health and Psychosocial Support needs and services and lead the conduct of Psychological First Aid (PFA). This shall include the mobilization of trained PFA providers and partners and if needed, referral pathways for learners and personnel identified for further specialized psychological support services. Required health standards shall always be applied.
10. Responsibility of Parents or Guardians
The DepEd still maintains that parents or guardians are responsible for determining whether their children should attend classes considering their physical and/or mental health during disasters and calamities. This applies even if no order for cancellation or suspension of classes has been issued.
However, it is also the responsibility of the parents or guardians to ensure that their child can catch up with the needed competencies that the learners should master.
For more information, read DO 37, s. 2022: https://bit.ly/DO37S2022
*Suspension of classes for the tertiary level (colleges and universities) will be at the discretion of school management.
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