June 8, 2018
As the nation braces itself for the rainy season, the Department of Education (DepEd) reminds all public and private schools across the country to prioritize the safety and well-being of learners at all costs.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has officially declared the start of the rainy season in the Philippines during a Facebook Live video today, June 8, 2018.

The Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Service at the Central Office, DRRM Units at the Regional and the Schools Division Offices, and the school heads and DRRM coordinators shall lead the preparations and implementation of precautionary measures to mitigate the impacts of the rainy season.

As to the announcement of class suspensions due to inclement weather, the Department’s policy remains: Classes in affected areas are automatically suspended based on the PAGASA declared storm signals, while local government units (LGUs)—not DepEd—decide on and announce class suspensions within their areas of jurisdiction during calamities in the absence of a storm signal.

DepEd further calls on parents to practice their discretion on determining whether their children should go to school during typhoons, floods and other calamities, even in the absence of cancellation or suspension of classes announcement.