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GenSan cancels in-person classes due to extreme heat

The city government of General Santos ordered the suspension of face-to-face classes on Tuesday, April 2 until Friday, April 5, due to intense heat.

The heat index in the city on Monday was 39.1 degrees celsius, according to the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Managment Office.

“Inaabisuhan ang lahat na may suspension ng face-to-face class mula sa Elementarya, Junior High School hanggang sa Senior High School sa lahat ng public at private schools at College level hanggang Graduate Studies simula ngayong April 2 hanggang April 5, 2024 dahil sa matinding init na nararanasan,” the city government announced.

City Councilor Jane Rivera meanwhile urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to provide adequate safety precautions and measures to ensure the safety of students and faculty against the effects of extreme heat brought by the El Niño phenomenon.

Rivera also asked DepEd to provide adequate sources of potable drinking water to all public schools in the region.

She also reminded everyone to remain hydrated by drinking more water daily to help prevent heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses as temperatures continue to rise.

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