The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Friday urged all universities and colleges in Metro Manila and other regions ravaged by the typhoon to suspend their classes as needed.

ched prospero de vera - CHED calls for suspension of classes in areas affected by ‘Ulysses’
CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III (Photo from Prospero De Vera’s Facebook page)

CHED Chairman J. Prospero De Vera III made the statement after Malacañang announced the suspension of work in all government offices, and classes at all levels in public schools in regions of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), MIMAROPA (Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), Bicol, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and in NCR (National Capital Region) on Friday, November 13.

The Commission called on other higher education institutions (HEIs) in these affected areas to suspend classes “as needed and upon consultation with their respective local government units (LGUs).”

These HEIs were also advised to undertake necessary adjustments in class or course requirements in consideration of their students and faculty, who are presently recovering from the impact brought by typhoon Ulysses.

“We urge everyone to continue monitoring updates from the government and from reliable news sources and weather advisories,” De Vera added.

Destructive winds and torrential heavy rains lashed Luzon, and submerged parts of Metro Manila and low-lying areas in the surrounding provinces in floodwaters.

Class suspension until Nov. 19

Following the destructive aftermath of Ulysses and five other tropical cyclones that entered the country in the past two weeks, youth group Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) called for the suspension of classes and submission of academic requirements until November 19.

SPARK spokesperson John Lazaro said millions of Filipino students cannot continue classes with the damages caused by the typhoons, as well as the slow response of concerned government agencies.

“As Typhoon Ulysses continues to wreak havoc in Central Luzon and the Greater Manila area and southern Luzon still grappling with widespread flooding, power outages and intermittent internet signals making distance learning of any kind practically impossible,” Lazaro explained.

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