#WalangPasok: Updated List of Work and Class cancellations for July 24, 2023 (Monday)

Manila, Philippines – Several Local Government Units and Schools in the Philippines suspended classes and government work on Friday, July 24, 2023, due to Severe Tropical Storm Egay (Doksuri) and the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.

The Palace announced the suspension of classes and government work in the National Capital Region in light of Severe Tropical Storm Egay’s possible destructive effects and the upcoming three-day transport strike, leaving citizens to cope with the uncertainty ahead.

#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for July 2023
#WalangPasok Announcements Class suspensions for July 2023

Walang Pasok Updates: July 24, 2023, Lunes

(As of 10:18pm, July 23, 2023) Here’s an updated list of towns, cities, and schools that canceled classes/work On Monday:

Metro Manila

  • Entire Metro Manila – all levels (public); work in government offices

Calabarzon

  • Cavite province
    • Bacoor City – all levels (public and private), Government Work suspension
    • Tagaytay, Cavite — All levels in Public and Private Schools and all government offices
    • Noveleta, Cavite — All levels in Public and Private Schools and all government offices
  • Rizal
      • Taytay – all levels (public), Government Work suspension

Central Luzon

  • Bulacan — Work in public and private offices
  • Pampanga – all levels (public and private)
  • Angeles City, Pampanga — all levels, private and public, including work at government agencies.

Forecast Weather Conditions Issued at 4:00 PM, 23 July 2023

SYNOPSIS: At 3:00 PM today, the center of Severe Tropical Storm “EGAY” was estimated based on all available data at 570 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.9°N, 128.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 110 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 135 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 10 km/h. Southwest Monsoon affects Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Place Weather Condition Caused By Impacts
Catanduanes Rains with Gusty winds STS EGAY Possible flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy rains. Minimal to minor threat to lives and properties due to strong winds
The rest of Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms STS EGAY Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains
Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Quezon, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and the rest of Visayas Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms Trough of STS EGAY / Southwest Monsoon Possible flash floods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains
Metro Manila and the rest of the country Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms Southwest Monsoon / Localized Thunderstorms Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms

Typhoon “Egay”

Issued at 11:00 pm, 23 July 2023 (Valid for broadcast until the following advisory to be issued at 5:00 AM tomorrow)

EGAY INTENSIFIES INTO A TYPHOON OVER THE PHILIPPINE SEA EAST NORTHEAST OF BICOL PENINSULA.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND AREAS

Heavy Rainfall Outlook

  • Forecast accumulated rainfall tonight through tomorrow evening
  • 50-100 mm: Catanduanes, the northeastern portion of Camarines Sur, and the northern portion of Camarines Norte
  • Forecast accumulated rainfall tomorrow evening through Tuesday evening
  • 100-200 mm: Babuyan Islands and the northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan
  • 50-100 mm: The rest of Cagayan, the eastern portion of Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, and Apayao
  • Forecast accumulated rainfall on Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening
  • Above 200 mm: Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, and the northern portion of Ilocos Sur
  • 100-200 mm: Cagayan, Apayao, Abra, the rest of Ilocos Sur, the northern portion of La Union,
  • 50-100 mm: The rest of La Union, Benguet, the western portion of Mountain Province, and Kalinga
  • Forecast rainfall are generally higher in elevated or mountainous areas. Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps and in localities that experienced considerable amounts of rainfall for the past several days.
  • In addition, EGAY may also enhance the Southwest Monsoon, bringing occasional rains over several areas of the country in the next three days. For more information, refer to Weather Advisory #3 for Southwest Monsoon issued at 11:00 PM today.

Severe Winds 

  • Minor to moderate impacts from gale-force winds are possible within any of the areas where Wind Signal No. 2. Minimal to minor impacts from strong winds are also possible within any of the areas where Wind Signal No.1 is hoisted. Current forecast scenario shows that the highest wind signal that may be hoisted will be Wind Signal No. 4 or 5 (e.g., typhoon-force wind threat)
  • EGAY and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon may also bring gusty conditions over the following areas not under any Wind Signal, especially in coastal and upland/mountainous areas exposed to winds:
  • Tonight through tomorrow: CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Visayas, and the northern portions of Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga.
  • Tuesday: Luzon, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the northern portion of Northern Mindanao and Dinagat Islands.
  • Wednesday: Luzon and Visayas.

HAZARDS AFFECTING COASTAL WATERS

  • Under the influence of EGAY, a Gale Warning is in effect over several coastal waters along the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southeastern Luzon, and the eastern seaboard of Visayas. Sea travel is risky for small seacrafts. For larger vessels, operating in gale conditions requires experience and properly equipped vessels. Mariners without proper experience or operating ill-equipped vessels are advised to remain in port or seek safe harbor. For more information, refer to Gale Warning #2 (Intermediate) issued at 11:00 PM today.
  • In the next 24 hours, EGAY may also bring moderate to rough seas (2.0 to 3.0) over the coastal waters along the western seaboard of Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing over these waters. If inexperienced or operating ill-equipped vessels, avoid navigating in these conditions.

TRACK AND INTENSITY OUTLOOK

  • A considerable shift in the track forecast is observed in the current bulletin.
  • EGAY is forecast track west northwestward or westward in the next 12 hours before turning generally northwestward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern and Central Luzon. A brief period of west northwestward movement from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning will bring EGAY over the Balintang Channel, resulting in a close approach over the Batanes-Babuyan Islands area. A landfall scenario over Batanes-Babuyan or northeastern mainland Cagayan is not ruled out since this is within the envelope of the forecast confidence cone.
  • EGAY is forecast to continuously intensify and may reach super typhoon category by Wednesday while passing over the Balintang Channel. Interaction with the rugged terrain of Northern Luzon and Southern Taiwan will trigger a period of weakening by late Wednesday as it moves over the waters near Southern Taiwan.

Department of Education (DepEd) Class and Work Suspension Guideline:

Here are the guidelines for cancellation or suspension of classes and work in public schools from Kindergarten to Grade 12 where there are typhoons, heavy rains, and floods based on DepEd Order No. 37, s. 2022.

The Department of Education issues these Guidelines on the Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Schools in the event of Natural Disasters, Power Outages/Power Interruptions, and other calamities to further guide schools, their personnel, and learners, both within the public and private institutions.

Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd
Guidelines on the Suspension of Classes When Typhoons and Other Calamities Occur image via DepEd

1. Typhoon

In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in Local Government Units (LGUs) issued with Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) 1, 2, 3,4, or 5 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

If the TCWS is issued at a time when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools must keep students and personnel safe in school if traveling has become unsafe.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there are strong winds in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not due to a typhoon.

Automatic Class Cancellation during Heavy Rainfall
Automatic Class Cancellation during Heavy Rainfall

2. Heavy Rainfall

In-person and online classes at all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs issued with Yellow, Orange, and Red Rainfall Warnings by the PAGASA.

If the Warning is issued when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there are torrential rains in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not issued a Heavy Rainfall Alert by PAGASA.

Class Cancellation when theres Flood
Class Cancellation when there’s a Flood

3. Flood

In-person and online classes in all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs issued with a Flood Warning by the PAGASA.

If the Flood Warning is issued at a time when classes have already begun, the school shall immediately suspend the classes and work and send everyone home if it is safe to do so. However, schools are obligated to keep the students and personnel safely in school if traveling has become unsafe.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where there is flooding in specific or all areas of the LGU but is not issued a Flood Warning by PAGASA.

Class Suspension / Earthquake
Class Suspension / Earthquake

4. Earthquakes

In-person and online classes in all levels are automatically canceled in schools situated in LGUs where the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOCS) declares an earthquake with PHILVOCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) V or above.

Local Chief Executives shall decide on the cancellation or suspension of classes in cases where the PEIS is IV and below.

School Principals can cancel classes at any Intensity Scale if in their assessment, building and other structures are seen to be in danger of collapsing or is found to have major damage.

The School Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Team Head should clear the return of students and personnel in buildings and other structures.

Class Suspension during Power Outages
Class Suspension during Power Outages

5. Power Outages/ Power Interruptions/ Brownouts

There will be no automatic cancellation or suspension of classes if there are power outages/power interruptions/brownouts in schools. If power outages/power interruptions and brownouts have resulted in a poor learning environment, school officials can cancel or suspend classes at their discretion.

6. Adjustments to Learning Delivery Due to Suspensions/Cancellations of Classes

If canceled or suspended classes occur, distance learning or make-up classes shall be implemented to ensure that learning competencies and objectives are still met.

In adherence to the provision of DepEd Order No. 14, s. 2021, learners who miss learning activities due to class suspensions brought about by various disruptions like disasters and/or emergencies due to natural or human-induced hazards shall be accorded due consideration in the completion of their learning tasks.

7. Maintenance of Workforce and Activation of DRRM Teams

Teaching school personnel, including ALS teachers, and non-teaching school personnel in schools, Division Offices, Regional Offices, and the Central Office, shall not be required to report to work, except those who are mandated to render security, safety, finance, engineering, sanitation, health, and disaster response duties.

Schools, on the other hand, must always be ready to implement remote work with measured output.

Central, Regional, and Schools Division Offices and schools shall activate their DRRM Teams to prepare, monitor, and respond to the situation. DRRM Team members, particularly DRRM Coordinators and Engineers, shall be required to report to work in the aftermath of the disaster to continue undertaking response, early recovery, and reporting based on established DRRM protocols (e.g., an inspection of school facilities to vet damages as reported by School DRRM Coordinators, detailed assessment of damaged facilities for purposes of developing the Program of Works for infrastructure costing in rehabilitation and recovery plans,  and participation in coordination meetings with LDRRMCs). Other DRRM Team members may likewise be required to report to work as needed.

Officials of private schools shall exercise discretion relative to the work arrangement of their DRRM personnel.

8. Use of schools as Evacuation Center or COVID-19 Quarantine and/or Isolation Facility/Vaccination Center

Schools shall not be used as quarantine and/ or isolation facilities or vaccination centers. The authority given to Regional Directors in allowing schools to be designated as quarantine and/or isolation facilities/ vaccination centers under Office Memorandum OM-Osec-2020-004 (Guidance to Regional Directors for Action Requests by Local Government Units to Use DepEd Schools and Engage DepEd Personnel in Activities Related to COVID-19), is hereby lifted. Office Memorandum OM-OSEC- 2021-03-003 (Use of DepEd Classrooms and Other Facilities as Vaccination Centers) is likewise hereby repealed.

In other disasters, schools may be used as an immediate evacuation site that should not last more than fifteen days. LGUs should not use schools as long-term shelters for evacuees.

9. Conduct of Psychological First Aid

As the maintenance of a conducive learning environment requires addressing the immediate needs of affected learners and personnel in the aftermath of disasters, all Schools Division Offices, with the support of Regional Offices, shall assess Mental Health and Psychosocial Support needs and services and lead the conduct of Psychological First Aid (PFA). This shall include the mobilization of trained PFA providers and partners and if needed, referral pathways for learners and personnel identified for further specialized psychological support services. Required health standards shall always be applied.

10. Responsibility of Parents or Guardians

The DepEd still maintains that parents or guardians are responsible for determining whether their children should attend classes considering their physical and/or mental health during disasters and calamities. This applies even if no order for cancellation or suspension of classes has been issued.

However, it is also the responsibility of the parents or guardians to ensure that their child can catch up with the needed competencies that the learners should master.

For more information, read DO 37, s. 2022: https://bit.ly/DO37S2022

*Suspension of classes for the tertiary level (colleges and universities) will be at the discretion of school management.

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Philippine Weather Updates: Some Classes on Monday, July 24, 2023, have been canceled due to Severe Tropical Storm Egay (Doksuri) and the enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat.

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