MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Education (DepEd) admitted on
Tuesday that storm warning signals are no longer an accurate gauge for
the automatic suspension of classes.
DepEd Undersecretary Alfred Muyot said storm warning signals are based on wind speed and strength.
He said there should be a new system that would also consider water
levels and the amount of rain as the basis for the suspension of
This is particularly important for Metro Manila where flood waters are quick to rise, he added.
Muyot said the DepEd will coordinate with weather bureau PAGASA and
the civil defense authorities on how to determine flood water levels.
The DepEd is also open to revising the automatic suspension of
classes during storm signal number 1 to also include elementary school
Currently, only preschool students don’t have classes under storm signal number 1.
Muyot said it’s better for the department to be cautious than risk the safety of students.
Source: ABS-CBN News, Apples Jalandoni, 10/19/2010