Only Mayor Del De Guzman is authorized to announce suspension of classes during typhoons in the city of Marikina.
This was decided during the consultative meeting held today in the Shoe Hall of the Marikina City Hall spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Marikina and was attended by Mayor Del De Guzman, the city councilors, Public Information Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, barangay officials, and principals of public schools.
It was discussed in the said consultative meeting the contents of the Executive Order (EO) No. 66 which includes rules on the cancellation or suspension of classes and work on government offices due to typhoon, flooding, other weather disturbances, and calamities.
Barangay Captains, on the other hand, have decided to conduct an assessment of their respective barangays during calamities and inform De Guzman who shall give the final decision on suspension of classes.
“With the help of our barangay captains, we will assess the situation in Marikina to decide whether to suspend classes or not. We will be following the contents of the EO 66,” De Guzman said.
It is stated in the EO 66 the right time for assessment, decision-making, and announcement in the cancellation of classes. For morning classes, assessments should be done from 2am to 3am, decision-making from 3am to 4am, and the announcement at 4am to 4:30am. Meanwhile, for classes in the afternoon, assessment should be done from 8:30am to 9:30am, decision-making from 9:30am to 10:30am, and announcement at 10:30am to 11am.
According to DILG-Marikina, in the absence of De Guzman, Public Information Officer Paul Edward Sison, as the assigned focal person, will be the one to give announcements to media outfit and networks as well as through other forms of communication like the social networking sites Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/piomarikina) and Twitter (@MarikinaPIO).