Classes still suspended in Bohol, Cebu
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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - Classes will remain suspended in Bohol and Cebu on Monday, October 21, as the provinces recover from the aftermath of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Visayas on October 15.
The local government has declared suspension of classes in all levels for the entire Bohol province until Wednesday, October 23, said the Department of Education's (DepEd) Jocelyn Saw in a message to Rappler.
Saw heads the DepEd's Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.
Cebu provincial Governor Junjun Davide also announced that classes in all public schools in Cebu will remain suspended until its resumption on Monday, November 4. School administrators will make their own announcements for classes in private schools.
- Tagbilaran City - classes in all levels are suspended indefinitely
- Bogo City - classes remain suspended and will resume on Wednesday, October 23
- Mandaue City - classes remain suspended and will resume on November 4
- Talisay City - classes in all leves remain suspended and will resume on November 4
Initial reports as of Sunday noon, October 20, showed 37 damaged schools in Region 6 and 866 damaged schools in Region 7, DepEd told Rappler.
Education Secretary Br Armin Luistro earlier said DepEd is coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways in checking the structural integrity of schools in Cebu and Bohol.
Luistro also said assembling the students at the soonest possible time – building or no building – is the department's priority since the first day will be for checking attendance of both students and teachers. (READ: DepEd allots P300M for quake-hit schools) - Rappler.com