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Sobrang init! Gov Pacquiao orders suspension of in-person classes in Sarangani from April 3-19

Sarangani Governor Rogelio Pacquiao has declared a province-wide suspension of face-to-face classes in all levels, both public and private schools, from April 3-19 unless otherwise extended or lifted earlier.

The more than two-week in-person class suspension is contained in Executive Order No. 13, series of 2024, which Pacquiao issued Tuesday, April 2.

In the EO, the governor said the Provincial El Nino Task Force, together with other concerned departments and government agencies, conducted an emergency meeting with the Department of Education.

“It has been determined that in order to safeguard our Sarangan learners and prevent them from continuous exposure to scorching heat, the suspension of face-to-face classes is inevitable,” he said.

The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration has projected heat index in Soccsksargen to reach from 36°C to 40°C for the entire month of April.

Pacquiao directed schools to adopt alternative learning systems, such as online, remote, asynchronous, modular distance learning, or other modalities “for the purpose of ensuring that learning competencies and objectives are still met.”

Meanwhile, all administrative, non-teaching, and teaching personnel shall continue to report for work in order to ensure non-disruption of classes, preparation and distribution of learning materials, and successful implementation of alternative modes of learning.

“The general public is hereby advised to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, to stay indoors especially during the hottest part of the day, to wear lightweight, breathable clothing, and to avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours,” Pacquiao said in the EO.

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