DILG urges mayors to suspend classes for SEA Games 2019

Loreben Tuquero
In anticipation of heavy traffic, class suspensions are recommended for schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon

SUSPEND CLASSES. DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said that a memorandum circular has been issued urging mayors to suspend classes in areas with SEA Games 2019 venues. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) recommended class suspensions for 20 schools in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Southern Luzon to make way for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. 

According to DILG Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año issued Memorandum Circular 2019-198, urging local chief executives in areas that have SEA Games venues to suspend classes on dates with competition activities in their respective areas. The recommended class suspensions run from December 2 to December 6.

Año issued the memorandum circular upon the request of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), as a move to ease the anticipated heavy traffic due to the influx of delegates and spectators who will be participating or watching the SEA Games.

The 30th SEA Games opening ceremonies will be held Saturday, November 30, at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Organizers said expect competition to be fever pitch for the rest of the week with 56 sporting events to be held simultaneously in different venues.

(Follow Rappler’s coverage of the 2019 SEA Games action here.)

The SEA Games Security Task Force, Phisgoc, and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), recommended class suspensions in the following schools:

  • Metro Manila – St. Paul College Pasig, Poveda, De La Salle University, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, St. Scholastica’s College Manila, Arellano University School of Law Manila, and Wesleyan College Manila;
  • Southern Luzon cluster – Tagaytay Science National High School, City College of Tagaytay, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School, Blessed Christian School de Santa Rosa, U.P. Los Baños, Christian School International, and San Antonio Elementary School
  • Subic cluster – Lyceum of Subic Bay Palm Tree, WOW Recreation and Activity Center, Mondriam Aura College, and College of Subic Bay Montessori Subic Bay
  • Clark cluster – Systems Plus College Foundation and Angeles University Foundation

For the Metro Manila cluster, only the Wesleyan College along Leveriza Street in Pasay City has yet to confirm the suspension of classes, as the other schools already declared class holidays during the first week of December. (#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for SEA Games 2019)

Malaya added that mayors may declare class suspension in other schools in their jursidiction if the need arises. “We have provided the mayors with the competition schedules which will serve as their basis on determining the dates of the class suspension in these select schools,” he said.  Rappler.com




Loreben Tuquero

Loreben Tuquero is a researcher-writer for Rappler. Before transferring to Rappler's Research team, she covered transportation, Quezon City, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government as a reporter. She graduated with a communication degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.