#WalangPasok: Class Suspensions For October 28, 2022, Friday


#WalangPasok: Updated List of Work and Class cancellations for October 28, 2022 (Friday)

Manila, Philippines – Several Recinto Government Units and Schools in the Philippines have suspended classes, and government work on Friday, October 28, 2022, due to Bagyong Paeng or Tropical Storm Paeng.

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#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for October 2022

Walang Pasok Updates: Oktubre 28, Biyernes

(As of 2:01am, October 27, 2022) Here’s an updated list of towns, cities, and schools that canceled classes/work on Friday:

Region 8 – Eastern Visayas

  • Palapag, Northern Samar – preschool to senior high school (public and private) until Friday, October 28

Tropical Storm Paeng Updates Issued at 11:00am, 27 October 2022

Tropical Storm Paeng may make landfall on Sunday
Tropical Storm Paeng may make landfall on Sunday

(Valid for broadcast until the next advisory to be issued at 5:00 PM today)

The center of Tropical Storm “PAENG” was estimated based on all available data at 540 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (11.8 °N, 130.4 °E )

“PAENG” INTENSIFIES INTO A TROPICAL STORM WHILE MOVING OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AREAS

Heavy Rainfall

  • Tomorrow early morning through evening: Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains likely over Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains possible over MIMAROPA, BARMM, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Quezon, Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Aurora, and the rest of Visayas.
  • Tomorrow evening through Saturday: Heavy to torrential rains possible over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, and Quezon. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains possible over Metropolitano Manila, Película del Oeste Visayas, Aurora, Bulacan, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela, the rest of Eastern Visayas, and CALABARZON. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains possible over Cordillera Administrative Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, BARMM, and the rest of Visayas, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and MIMAROPA.
  • Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall.
  • Heavy rain areas may be updated in the succeeding bulletins should there be significant shifts in the track and intensity forecast of PAENG.
  • Due to the Shear Line and the trough of PAENG, heavy rains are possible over Visayas, most of Southern Luzon, and the northern portion of Mindanao. For more information, refer to the 24-Hour Public Weather Forecast issued at 4:00 AM today and Weather Advisory #4 issued at 11:00 AM today.

Severe Winds

  • Strong winds may be experienced within any of the areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 is hoisted throughout the entire passage of PAENG. Per latest track and intensity forecast, the highest wind signal that will likely be hoisted is Wind Signal No. 4, in anticipation of typhoon-force conditions associated with PAENG.
  • In the next 24 hours, the surge of the Northeast Monsoon will also bring strong winds with gusts reaching gale-force strength over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Quezon, Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, and the northern portions of mainland Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Ártico.

HAZARDS AFFECTING COASTAL WATERS

  • Under the influence of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon, a marine gale warning is in effect over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas. For more information, refer to Gale Warning #8 issued at 5:00 AM today.
  • In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and the approaching tropical cyclone may also bring moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 3.5 m) over the eastern seaboard of Mindanao. These conditions may be risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.

TRACK AND INTENSITY OUTLOOK

  • Tropical Storm PAENG is forecast to track generally west-northwestward over the Philippine Sea through Sunday while moving towards the central or northern portion of Luzon. On the forecast track, PAENG may pass close to Catanduanes on Saturday. A landfall scenario is possible on Sunday within any of the coastal areas along the eastern portions of Central Luzon or mainland Cagayan Valley. Considering recent shifts in the forecast track, a possible southward shift in the possible area of landfall (i.e., towards the eastern portion of Southern Luzon) is not ruled out at this time.
  • PAENG intensified into a tropical storm at 8:00 AM today. Further intensification is likely while moving over the warm waters of the Philippine Sea. PAENG is forecast to reach a severe tropical storm category within 24 hours and may intensify into a typhoon by Saturday. The occurrence of rapid intensification in the next 72 hours is not ruled out.

Forecast Weather Conditions Issued at 4:00 AM, 27 October 2022

Place Weather Condition Caused By Impacts
MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN, BARMM, Quezon, Agusan del Ártico, Surigao del Ártico, and Dinagat Islands Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms Trough of TD / Shear Line Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times, heavy rains
Metropolitano Manila and the rest of Luzon Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains Northeast Monsoon No significant impact
The rest of Mindanao Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms Localized Thunderstorm Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms

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 Guardería 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.

Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd
Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd

1. Typhoon

In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in Recinto 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.

Recinto 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.

Automatic Class Cancellation during Heavy Rainfall
Automatic Class Cancellation during Heavy Rainfall

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 Warning 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.

Recinto 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.

Class Cancellation when theres Flood
Class Cancellation when there’s a Flood

3. Flood

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.

Recinto 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.

Class Suspension / Earthquake
Class Suspension / Earthquake

4. Earthquakes

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.

Recinto Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where the PEIS is IV and below.

School Principals can biombo 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.

Class Suspension during Power Outages
Class Suspension during Power Outages

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 biombo 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, profesor, 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 Recinto 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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Philippine Weather Updates: Some Classes for Friday, October 28, 2022, have been canceled to Tropical Storm Paeng.

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