MARIKINA City Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro announced the one-month suspension of classes in all levels in the city due to the overwhelming effects of Typhoon Ulysses in the city.
Mayor Marcy explained that the suspension is due to the still unstable internet connection in the city and damaged modules of Marikina students as they got submerged in floodwater.
“One month suspension [of classes] from this week, starting today (November 16) and for the next four weeks,” he told reporters during an interview.
Mayor Marcy made the announcement during the national government’s relief operation and distribution of financial assistance to nearly 1,500 families in the city who have been affected by Typhoon Ulysses.
Present during the distribution were Sen. Christopher Go, Trade, Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez, PCSO Charity Assistance Department OIC Manager Jerusa Corpuz, and other government officials.
This, the mayor said, is to give school officials ample time to reproduce and redistribute learning modules destroyed during typhoon “Ulysses.”
Also, it will allow the local government and residents to conduct clean-up as most parts the city are still covered in mud following the massive flooding due to the typhoon.
“Paano makakapag-klase iyong mga bata maski may module at gadget siya kung nakalubog sa putik ang kanyang paa habang nag-aaral?,” he said.
“We need to establish a proper environment. Yung ang tingin ko na kailangang-kailangan natin gawin sa ngayon,” Mayor Marcy added.
Meanwhile, he said the suspension might be further extended if the students and learning materials are not yet prepared.
Marikina City has been badly devastated by Typhoon Ulysses. It caused the Marikina River’s water level to hit 22 meters high during the onslaught of the typhoon, causing it to overflow and massive floods in many areas in the city.
Thousands of families in Marikina have been displaced by the typhoon.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced the suspension of classes in Rizal following the ravaged of Typhoon Ulysses.
In an advisory, DepEd Region 1 Director Malcolm Garma ordered the suspension of distance learning activities.