Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro on Monday announced the one-month suspension of classes in all levels in the city, as Marikina reels from the effects of typhoon “Ulysses” amid the pandemic.
“One month suspension [of classes] from this week, starting today Monday (November 16), and for the next four weeks,” Teodoro said in a statement.
The mayor said the suspension was to give school officials ample time to reproduce and redistribute learning modules damaged by the recent typhoon.
He also noted that some parts of the city are still experiencing power outages and unstable Internet connection which could affect online classes of students.
“Paano makakapag klase ‘yung mga bata maski may module at gadget siya kung nakalubog sa putik ang kanyang paa habang nag aaral (How can students attend their classes, despite having modules and gadgets, if their feet are submerged in mud while studying,” he said.
“We need to establish a proper environment. ‘Yun ang tingin ko na kailangang-kailangan natin gawin sa ngayon (That’s what I think we really need to do right now),” he added.
The suspension, Teodoro said, would also give the local government time to complete its massive clearing operations as parts of the city are still covered in mud following the widespread flooding.
The ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led the Department of Education to implement a blended learning approach for this school year, using online classes and printed learning modules.
During the recent typhoon, the Marikina River swelled and reached a water level peak of 22 meters, inundating the city under murky flood waters that stoked painful memories of the devastation left by Tropical Storm “Ondoy” back in 2009.
Local officials over the weekend said that at least 10,000 residents remained at the city’s evacuation centers, but the number has already went down on Monday as residents started to return to their homes after weather conditions improved.