By Chito Chavez
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has released the guidelines on the suspension of classes and work in government offices to avoid confusion during weather disturbances or any similar disasters.
Under Memorandum Circular No. 1 Series of 2019, members of the QC Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council will conduct a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) in anticipation of typhoons.
The council’s decisions during the PDRA will depend on the latest weather reports of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The assessment and evaluation of the PDRA will be the basis of whether the City Mayor will issue a suspension on classes and work in government offices.
The QCDRRM Council will announce its decision not later than 4:00 a.m. on the day of the intended cancellation.
In the event of extreme weather changes during the day, the declaration of suspension will be made no later than 11:00 AM.
Belmonte explained that in case of typhoon signals, an automatic suspension of classes shall apply pursuant to DepEd Order No. 43-2012.
The Mayor will prioritize the suspension of classes in primary, secondary, and senior high schools, while classes in the collegiate level and graduate school will be at the discretion of the school head.
The Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (BDRRMC) can also conduct their PDRA with PAGASA and QCDRRMC to determine if class and work suspensions are necessary in their respective jurisdictions without typhoon signals.
The BDRRMCs and school administrators should report to QCDRRMC their decision to cancel or suspend classes in their areas which should be backed by their PDRA.
City operations involved in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, search, and rescues will proceed regardless of the decision on class or work suspension.
Belmonte also advised the public that announcements on class and work suspensions will only come from the QC Public Affairs and Information Services Department.
“Announcement will come from QCDRRMC and PAISD is the only authority that can put out that news,” Belmonte said.